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  • A people's guide to the agreement
    Africa Community Publishing and Development Trust (ACPDT)
    February 2009

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    1. Introduction

    1a Purpose of the booklet

    The purpose of this booklet is to inform Zimbabwean communities about the contents of the Agreement and generate discussion on the Agreement in relation to improving their situation.

    1b Who the booklet is for

    The booklet is designed for communities, their local leaders and the agencies that support democratic development and community empowerment. It is being produced in seven Zimbabwean languages.

    1c How the booklet was produced

    The need for such a booklet to inform the Zimbabwean people was expressed at a national workshop on the Agreement organised by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Archdiocese of Harare. In addition, ZimRights and community facilitators asked ACPD to produce a guide to the Agreement. The Agreement, signed on 15 September 2008 has been difficult to implement. However it is still important, nationally and internationally, as a basis for dialogue on how to resolve the Zimbabwe crisis. The booklet was produced through the community publishing process, which combines technical information with the creativity of communities.

    1d How to use the booklet

    The booklet is designed to be read and discussed by groups, rather than individuals. Each short chapter provides a simplified summary of sections of the Agreement on a theme, with drawings and questions to assist readers in discussing the theme. A group of readers, a study circle, chooses its own facilitator, unless they already have an experienced facilitator, and secretary, and decide when and where to meet . The facilitator should ensure that group members understand what they read and can apply it to their own situation. S/he should treat all group members fairly, and help the group focus on the topic, without any person talking too much or remaining silent. The secretary should keep notes. The ideas of the group and the readership response, should be given to the agencies distributing the booklet. Community views will help the national agencies that are seeking solutions to our differences and problems through dialogue.

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