About Us

Citizens Lab has been developed by SOS Malta to foster an enabling environment for the civil society sector, strengthen its capacity and strengthen the support for human rights and social inclusion and increase citizen participation in civic activities. 

What we offer

Citizens Lab offers its users:

  • Access to educational/informational materials and training courses to develop human rights awareness amongst other skills.
  • Professional support and practical assistance through an Advisory Board of Experts, ranging from lawyers to conservationists.
  • A platform to connect, discuss and debate which will serve to strengthen the capacity of civic voices and empower the general public
  • Information on events and lesser- known community initiatives around Malta, giving more exposure to the third sector

Why this platform?

Recent reports such as ‘The Rule of Law in Malta’ and ‘Governance in the EU Member States – Evidence from Three Global Indicators’, make reference to a major decline in Malta’s international rankings related to governance, rule of law, democracy and freedom of expression.

This was further accentuated after Daphne Caruana Galizia - an investigative journalist in Malta - was murdered in October 2017 and the response of the authorities was neither satisfactory nor transparent in the eyes of many of the citizens.

Our Mission

The objectives of Citizens Lab will be to empower and equip citizens and civil society, with the necessary skills and tools to push for good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights, and democratic principles 

Our Partners

This project is supported by the Active Citizenship Fund. The Active Citizens Fund (ACF) in Malta is established under the specific Programme Area for Civil Society part of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, financial contribution from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic.

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