Organization of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC)

By PAC Correspondent

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is a membership organization operating as an inside mediator in Malawi on dialogue facilitation, advocacy  and civic awareness.

PAC is registered under the Trustee Incorporation Act. It is a  quasi-religious body accredited to the Africa-EU Joint Strategy for Development and AU- ECOSSOC.

The implementation structure for the PAC includes the General Assembly; which is the forum  where member-organizations send  delegates during Annual General meetings. The   Assembly   receives reports  on  finances  and  programme  activities.

The  General Assembly  provides  an  opportunity for delegates to elect new Executive   Committee members. Under the General  Assembly is the Executive Board, Trustees and  mother  bodies who  report  to  General  Assembly but are also responsible  for  day-to-day  policy  issues.

The Executive Board, Trustees and mother bodies have a significant role in advocacy issues on  behalf of all the member organizations and to represent the organisational values of quality and excellence; partnership; mutual trust; integrity and professionalism; knowledge sharing, supportive environment; respect for partners, hard work and commitment.

PAC has a secretariat located in the capital Lilongwe which is responsible  for implementation of programmes. It reports to the  Executive Committee and coordinates work with Regional Task Teams, District Coordination Teams and Coordinators, Trainers and Observers.

The Regional Task Teams comprise 10 clergy from various denominations at Regional level who support the secretariat on operational aspects and monitor Trainers in districts, among other things. The Trainers provide training session to local trainers countrywide who disseminate messages on civic education in local areas. And during elections, PAC deploys observers.

At  least 4,500 independent PAC observers are deployed to observe registration and polling.

PAC was formed in 1992 during Malawi’s political transition from one party to  multiparty  system of government.

Todate, PAC remains a key civil society organization in the areas of   political governance; electoral process; peace and security and human rights which contribute to  enhanced social  cohesion.

The vision for PAC is for a Malawian society with internalized democratic values and practices; and its mission is for an interfaith organisation that promotes human dignity in the Malawian society through advocacy, civic education and conflict transformation by the Grace of God.

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