Kopin is a legally registered independent, non-profit NGO (association) which works in human rights’ related fields. More specifically, it engages in international development cooperation, development education and refugee support. Cross-topical, Kopin engages in the provision of training and capacity building, networking, research and advocacy. The organisation implements a human rights-based approach, with a specific focus on the rights of minors as defined by the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Kopin is a founding member of Skop (VO/0366), the National Platform of Development NGOs, and an active member of SKOP’s Development Education and AidWatch Working Groups. It is the strategic partner of the Terre des Hommes International Federation (TdHIF) in Malta and a member of the Destination Unknown Campaign as well as the Mediterranean Migration Network. Kopin is also the Maltese Focal Point for Social Watch.
Since Kopin was established in June 2000, Kopin has developed partnerships with over 100 Maltese, European and Ethiopian NGOs, developed in access of 75 project proposals and implemented over 25 small, medium and large scaled projects.
KOPIN envisions a global and inclusive society where citizens are equally empowered to contribute to a world free of poverty and any other forms of injustice.
Our mission is to contribute actively to the alleviation of global poverty and social injustice by:
– Engaging in sustainable projects together with partners from the majority world,
– Providing services to vulnerable populations in Malta with a particular focus on migrant children,
– Promoting and providing development education and increasing public awareness to sensitise and mobilise citizens to participate in the development debate,
– Building capacities of its members and its 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 child’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.