Integra (founded 2004) is a non-profit organisation based in Malta, operating independently of any political, economic or religious affiliation at a global level. The Foundation’s vision is that of supporting inclusive, non-discriminating and non-disabling societies, where all individuals have the right to human dignity, freedom, respect and social justice. Our mission is that of facilitating the space for marginalised individuals and groups to be listened to and to have an active and meaningful say in their lives and well being on their own terms.
Our practice is grounded in research, and pride ourselves with a strong lobbying and activist component. We regularly work with a range of populations, including: sub-Saharan African asylum seekers; disabled people; and women. We are especially active in supporting efforts at self-representation e.g. Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs).
Working through our team of international researchers, and committed to participatory, emancipatory, decolonising and culturally/contextually sensitive approaches, we work in partnership with a range of populations to generate and disseminate information that is critical, of value to participants and above all transformative. The end is the production of cutting edge and timely research informing our work, policy makers and other stakeholders (e.g. national and international organisations and lobbying groups), to critically impact the lives of those we work with.
Our programmes and projects are gounded in praxis, more specifically to:
- Carve out and sustain existing spaces for political dialogue between marginalised populations and those in positions of power through critical personalised mediation (e.g. asylum seekers and government service providers).
- Develop educational approaches and materials grounded in democratic learning, addressing oppression of all kinds (poverty, racism, xenophobia, sexism, disablism, homophobia etc.) in a range of geopolital spaces. We are particularly active in development education using genuinely participatory means.
- Develop national and international partnerships and coalitions for critical and coordinated change.
- Work to facilitate and enhance access to adequate health care, housing, education, employment, and basic social protection.
- Lobby and engage in activism to ensure that policies are just, and rights accessed and fulfilled.