EU Ambassador Launches Programme on Promoting Public Involvement in Parliamentary Business

The European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Phillipe Van Damme, launched a programme to "promote public involvement in parliamentary business" on Friday 8 May 2015 at the Rainbow Towers Hotel among other two programmes. The programme is going to be implemented by Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) throughout the country within a timeframe of 24 months. The Ambassador launched this programme at the same occasion where he launched the Multi-Donor Support Programme to the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the Office of the Auditor General of Zimbabwe, respectively. SAPST was represented at the official launch ceremony by its Executive Director John Makamure.

The overall objective of this programme is to strengthen citizen voices in public policy issues before Parliament in order to promote good governance. The programme is specifically aimed at promoting public participation, particularly of women, in parliamentary business as well as enhancing knowledge of parliamentary processes and procedures among citizens and also the enhancement of the representative capacity of MPs.

In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the following strategies will be implemented during the course of the programme;

  • Petitioning of Parliament and Training of CSOs on Parliament Rules and Procedures
  • Constituency Report Back Meetings
  • Educating and mobilisation of citizens to attend Public Hearings
  • Hosting of live radio programme on Parliament
  • Use of Social Media to disseminate information on Parliamentary business

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