Beijing government plans to purchase 500 different services from social organizations in 2016

北京将向社会组织购买服务500项

Source: 人民日报

The Beijing Municipal Social Work Committee and the Beijing Social Office announced that the Beijing government would continue to purchase 500 services from various social organizations at different levels in 2016, using Beijing’s special fund for social construction. The services purchased can be divided into five categories and 30 aspects, including social public services, social charitable services, community services, social governance services and social decision advisory services. This method of purchasing services by the government encourages more social organizations to get involved with social issues and contributes to create a modern system of social organizations.

Since being set up six years ago, the Beijing special fund for social construction has purchased 2732 services, with a total investment of 420 million RMB. Over the past six years 2252 projects have been completed, 43500 social organizations have been involved, 17.63 million people have benefited and 9.7 million hours of services have been provided. The projects held include helping vulnerable groups of children, integrated services for women and children and spiritual comfort for special groups of elderly citizens.

Project applications for this year started being accepted on January 11, 2016. All projects must go through an experts’ review, publicity and other procedures before implementation.

Translated by Hou Changshan

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