“Guangzhou Fundraising Regulations” have been in force for two weeks and 4 social organizations have been approved

Since May 1, when the “Guangzhou Fundraising Regulations” were promulgated, four social organizations have applied and received permission to engage in public fundraising for their projects.  So far, the process has been quite smooth, though ...

Human Rights Action Plan Prohibits Extorting Confessions

The State Council Information Office issued its second human rights plan —   Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015) — that emphasizes the following rights: Right to Know, which includes promoting disclosure of unclassified government information. Civil ...

When Will government procurement of services benefit ordinary NGOs?

This article discusses the push for government procurement of social services in Guangdong and the many challenges it poses for NGOs.  At the end of May, the Guangdong government issued “Provisional Measures for Government Procurement ...

Beijing strictly prohibits posing as a “social organization” in order to hold seminars and charge fees

The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau announced its Measures for Managing Seminars, Forums and Activities Organized by Social Organizations.  According to the Measures, organizations must not pose as “social organizations” to organize seminars and forums, or ...

The media discusses social organization management: “untying” is not the same as relaxing

This article published by the Communist Party’s mouthpiece reflects one important official position on the management of social organizations. It notes that there are now several experiments ongoing in China (e.g. Shenzhen and Beijing) that ...

Guangzhou: 24 Social Organizations at the City Level have Directly Registered

In Guangzhou, 24 social organizations at the city level have been able to directly register, with the shortest time of application being only 20 days. On May 1, Guangzhou released a Work Plan to Implement ...

Ministry of Civil Affairs: various measures to promote openness and transparency among charitable organizations

At a news conference, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo explained that the recent media stories and public criticism over various scandals and problems in the charitable sector have prompted authorities to take faster ...

Government Plans to Give All NGOs Equal Treatment

In discussing current efforts to simplify the registration process for NGOs, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo, noted that political and human rights NGOs would receive the same treatment as NGOs working in the ...

NGOs not registered with Civil Affairs will have difficulty getting funding from foundations

On April 26, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued “Some Regulations Concerning the Standardization of Foundation Behavior (Trial Implementation)” for public comment. In response, around 30 foundations, including China Youth Development Foundation, Narada Foundation and ...

Guangzhou NGOs Given Public Fundraising Authority

As part of the ongoing social management innovations in Guangdong, new Guangzhou fundraising regulations will go into effect on May 1 of this year, and will allow social organizations (社会团体), civil non-enterprise units (民办非企业) and ...

Ministry of Civil Affairs: “Some regulations concerning the standardization of foundation behavior (trial implementation)” issued for public comment

In an effort to ensure that foundations work on behalf of the public interest, standardize their activities, strengthen transparency, protect the legal rights and interests of donors, beneficiaries and foundations, and further the healthy development ...

From NGOs to Governmental Organizations

In another social management innovation in Guangdong, the Nanhai District of Foshan City announced they would invite NGO personnel to participate in the election of 19 cadres at the vice section level (fukeji). This would ...

The Central Committee and State Council Issue a Document Encouraging Social Forces to Enter the Public Welfare Sector According to Law

This article publicizes a document issued last year but which is highlighted here because it calls attention to the government’s effort to encourage public institutions to join the public welfare sector as social actors. Public institutions ...

Ministry of Civil Affairs official, Li Yong, proposes “direct registration” and “establishing party groups” for all NGOs

Article about a meeting at Tsinghua University attended by two officials heading the NGO management office in the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The article notes the long-standing problems of the dual-management system for NGOs, and ...

Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau: Civil Servants Will Gradually Withdraw from Charitable, Public Welfare Organizations

Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau stated that starting this year, civil servants will gradually withdraw from the charitable, public welfare organizations to ensure the voluntary and social nature of these organizations. A number of civil servants ...

For Public Interest Groups, Registration is Difficult, Taxes and Fees are Onerous and Resources are Few

Professor Wang Ming, director of Tsinghua University’s NGO Research Center and a member of the national Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference made a proposal to carry out more favorable tax policies for non-public fundraising foundations ...

Shenzhen will expand the categories of social organizations that can register directly with Civil Affairs

Shenzhen announced it would further its social management reforms by expanding the categories of social organizations that can register directly with Civil Affairs without pre-approval from a supervising unit. Shenzhen’s social management reforms started in 2004 ...

The Minister of Civil Affairs on “NGO direct registration”: promoting the Guangdong experience

Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo is again quoted as saying that the Ministry of Civil Affairs seeks to promote nationwide the more liberal Guangdong experiment allowing social organizations to register directly with Civil Affairs. ...