Green NGOs win first lawsuit since the new environmental law took effect
The Nanping Intermediate People’s Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on October 29 in the first ever environmental litigation since China’s revised Environmental Protection Law took effect on January 1st, 2015. The lawsuit, brought by Friends of Nature and Green Home of Fujian (福建绿家园) earlier this year, was against four men for environmental damages in Nanping, Fujian Province. The defendants,charged with damaging forestry land, were ordered to pay 1.27 million yuan to restore the land within a limited time. They will face another fine of 1.1 million yuan if they fail to carry out the restoration work in time, according to the sentence. This case has played an exemplary role in getting compensation …read more
NGO Projects Don’t Have to be Flashy
A project officer in the Dunhe Foundation looks back at his three years working for this Foundation. He describes how the organization has grown since he first joined, but he also bemoans some of the problems he has encountered, which are due to both the immaturity of the sector and the inadequacy of many of the NGOs which receive the Foundation’s grants.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs issues new policies on rescue work for beggars
On November the 10th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs held a video conference on the rescue work they conduct for the homeless and beggars. During the conference Zou Ming, vice minister of the MCA, detailed the existing problems in basic rescue management institutions and put forward a guideline on six practices to be followed and six to be avoided in future work. The policies are listed as follows:（1）There should be stricter security checks, and hazardous products should never be brought into the platforms of train stations. （2）The work of searching for lost relatives should be conducted timely, and cases shouldn’t be handled carelessly. （3）The fostering industry should be regulated, and fostering services …read more
Sixth ILGA-ASIA conference held in Taiwan
The sixth ILGA-ASIA Conference（第六届国际同志大会）was held from the 27th to the 30th of October in Taipei, Taiwan. More than 300 LGBT activists from nearly 40 countries attended the meeting, including ones from the American Human Rights Campaign, the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, the Ford Foundation and EU offices. The participants shared thought-provoking presentations and discussions. This year’s theme was “Independent Souls and Bodies”（灵魂‧身体自主）. The ILGA-Asia Board along with the local hosts, the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association（台湾同志咨询热线协会), developed the theme from both a global and local perspective. A broad variety of forums, workshops and activities were offered, covering topics including political strategy, messaging and awareness raising, comparative legal analysis and other specific strategy formulations. Taiwan is a pioneer …read more
The Unusual Situation of the Chinese NGO Sector as seen from a Newcomer’s Perspective
This article discusses some of the flaws and limitations of China’s NGO sector. According to the author, many of those who work in China’s NGOs are unable to clearly define themselves and what they do, they view fundraising as akin to a business activity, and their morality falls well below internationally accepted standards and norms.
Prof. Yang Dongping receives the Prix Charles & Monique MORAZE
Prof. Yang Dongping, director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute and member of the State Education Consulting Committee, received the Prix Charles & Monique MORAZE award from the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (literally, House of the Sciences of Man Foundation) on October 22. The Foundation gave the award to Yang for his outstanding contributions to China’s educational reform in the last decade. The Prix Charles & Monique MORAZE, founded in 2013, is a newly emerged French social sciences award. The award is named after the famous French historian Charles MORAZE and the indologist Monique MORAZE (Charles’ s wife), and it aims to encourage and award researchers around the world for …read more
The NPC will review the Charity Law draft
The 17th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (the NPC) will be held in Beijing from October 30th to Nov. 4th. The Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft) (中华人民共和国慈善事业法（草案）) will be reviewed during the meeting. It will be the first time for the Charity Law to be reviewed by the NPC after its draft was released for comments in February 2015. The law contains specific regulations on the management of charity funds and charity information disclosure. The legislative process of the Charity Law started in 2005, when the Ministry of Civil Affairs proposed it to the National People’s Congress and the Legislative …read more
Gender In China releases results of a satisfaction survey on women’s living status
In August 2015, Gender In China (女权之声), one of the most influential feminist groups in China, conducted a web-based survey on Chinese women’s satisfaction with their current living status. The web survey was conducted through Weibo and Wechat, both of which are popular online social media in China. According to Gender In China, the survey is not a strict academic research and the research participants are mainly young people. The preliminary results of the survey have now been published by the group. Based on 3094 valid questionnaires collected within three months, the results suggest that 73% of the participants are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their current living status, and 44% of …read more
China co-hosts global summit on women’s rights at the UN
On September 27th, China and UN Women co-hosted a global summit on women’s rights at the UN headquarters in New York. It is one of a series of summits in September marking the UN’s 70’s anniversary. More than 80 world leaders and government officials attended the Sunday summit, exchanging ideas on gender equality and women’s rights. Chinese president Xi Jinping, one of the chairpersons, delivered a speech, stressing four key points including promoting synchronous development of women and economy, actively protecting women’s rights, building a more tolerant society, and creating a better global environment for the development of women. Xi also announced that China will donate 10 million USD to UN …read more
Draft of Anti-Domestic Violence Law now available online for public consultation
The Anti-Domestic Violence Law(draft) (反家庭暴力法草案), which has been in development for several years, passed the preliminary examination by the Sixteenth Session of the Twelfth Standing Committee of the NPC on August 24. At the press conference on September 23, where the White Paper of Gender Equality and Women’s Development in China was released, Song Xiuyan, deputy director of Women and Children Work Committee of the State Council and vice-chairman of the National Women’s Federation, pointed out four aspects about the current draft which is now available for comments online: Firstly, It provides specific precautionary methods to prevent domestic violence. Secondly, the draft sets up a detailed domestic violence reporting system. Thirdly, it stipulates that …read more
CDB will hold a special event at China Charity Fair
On September 19th, China Development Brief (CDB), together with Beijing Ginkgo Foundation(北京市银杏公益基金会), will hold a seminar, titled “Creative Approaches for the Localization of Overseas Practice”(海外经验在本土的创新实践), at the fourth China Charity Fair in Shenzhen. Leaders from foundations/NPOs and representatives of philanthropic media who have experience in exchanging with or visiting overseas philanthropic organizations will share their stories and discuss the challenges and risks they are facing. The aim of this seminar is to push the development of the public welfare sector by learning from foreign countries and drawing on their experience. CDB was founded in 1996 and registered in 2003 as the Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center, serving as a bilingual platform for the Chinese civil society. The co-host of this event, Beijing Ginkgo Foundation, was founded in July 2015. As a nonpublic fund-raising foundation, it sponsors outstanding talents and organizations in the public welfare sector, and conducts related research, trainings and communication events. For more details about the event, please visit the Events Section.
NHFPC requires schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting system
Due to an increase in HIV/AIDS infection among students, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently published a Notice to ask schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting systems (关于建立疫情通报制度 进一步加强学校艾滋病防控工作的通知) and requires schools to organize consultations to analyze reasons for epidemics and ways of controlling them.
2015 Young Sex Educators Forum held in Beijing
After the successful first forum in 2014, this year the Forum marched into a bigger stage and aimed to widen the platform of dialogue on sex education.