Kopin envisions a global and inclusive society, where citizens are equally empowered to contribute to a world that is free of poverty and any other forms of injustice.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to contribute to the alleviation of global poverty and social injustice by:

  • Engaging in sustainable projects with partners from the Majority World;
  • Providing services to vulnerable populations in Malta with a particular focus on migrant women and children;
  • Promoting and providing development education and increasing public awareness to mobilise citizens towards participating in the development debate;
  • Building capacities of our members and partners;
  • Monitoring political processes and engaging in policy dialogue with decision makers to influence the debate on Maltese and European policies related to development, migration and children’s rights.

In our efforts, we adopt a human rights-based approach; we exchange ideas and experiences with local, European and global partners, and seek to be innovative by identifying neglected areas of concern.

Description of Kopin

Kopin (Koperazzjoni Internazzjonali) stands for international development cooperation and works in tandem with civil society organisations and NGOs in Malta, Europe, and Africa, on various projects aimed at raising awareness about the role of each individual as a global citizen, as well as the intrinsic values of the role, and to contribute towards the empowerment of developing communities. Through its projects and initiatives, Kopin seeks to reach various members of society ranging from school children and their families, to civil communities (including institutions within the respective communities) to national and international policy-makers. Kopin joins forces with its partners on different projects to connect people to each other, both directly and indirectly.

Direct connections are made possible mainly through educational channels, whereby educators and students in different countries come together and share ideas through projects coordinated by the participating NGOs in the respective countries. Indirect connections are achieved through the awareness of how choices made by individuals in privileged countries impact the quality of life, livelihood of persons and communities in developing regions and countries, and even threatening their very existence. To this end, Kopin undertakes initiatives aimed at showing how the demand of material goods may be moderated, or at least deviated towards more sustainable patterns. The achievement of this goal would mean that no community in any part of the world would have to struggle for its existence because of the (often unwitting) whims of another society; and that the very community struggling to survive will not have to succumb to unsustainable patterns at the expense of losing their dignity and the motivation to preserve centuries-old practices that are, ultimately, beneficial to the planet itself.

Kopin also supports community-based projects overseas that entail the sustainable development of infrastructure and services set up by the community for the community.

We would like you to join us in our efforts and invite you to browse through our website to get to know more about what we do, and learn about our partners, projects and the communities we seek to help out.

If interested in offering your time or support, you may contact us on [email protected] for more information.

Our History

Kopin was set up 15 years ago and is one of the few professional NGOs working in the human rights field in Malta. It is supervised by a Board of five members, managed by an executive team, has seven employees and around 20 volunteers. The team operates from a small office in San Gwann.

Whilst the organisation is relatively small, its team is made up of professionals with diverse backgrounds providing an innovative package of services – Kopin supports marginalised communities where other institutions struggle and provides its services in a sustainable way. The organisation is a partner of over 100 institutions in Malta, across Europe and in Ethiopia, ranging from NGOs to ministries, local authorities, universities and international organisations. Kopin is legally registered with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, with registration number VO/0200, and has a track record of audited accounts and annual reports.