Keyword: Capacity Building

“2015 Cross-Straits and Hong Kong & Macau Philanthropy Forum” held in Taipei

On June 1st the China Charity Alliance hosted the “2015 Cross-Straits and Hong Kong & Macau Philanthropy Forum” (2015海峡两岸暨港澳慈善论坛) in Taipei. The event was attended by scholars and practitioners from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Participants discussed philanthropy-related topics with the three themes this year being “together we share, be responsible, and create” (共享,共担,共创). A reported from the Jiangnan Times’ sat down with He Wen from the Amity Foundation, who talked about the forum’s three themes: Sharing (共享) How do communities build a “philanthropic culture” that shares with one another? To answer this question, He Wen used a story that took place in a community in Taiwan. In this community there was an old …read more

CFPA publishes handbook for Chinese NGOs “going out”

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has just published a handbook that aims to guide and support Chinese grassroots NGOs to “go out” (走出去) and get involved internationally. The project was funded by the Asia Foundation. CDB’s associate editor Guo Ting participated in the project along with academic Lu Bo and Xiang Ying from the China Youth Development Foundation. The handbook (in Chinese) can be downloaded from the CDB website here. Lu Bo summarised the aims and structure of the project: 1. Significance According to Lu’s latest research, as of August 31st, 2014, there were 4005 registered foundations in China and about 0.9% of these were already “going out”. Assuming the same ratio applies to registered NGOs, …read more

NGOs hoping to play a bigger role in China’s anti-smoking campaign

May 31st was World No-Tobacco Day and it was also the last day that the Beijing government will allow smoking in public places. From June 1st, the municipal government will implement it’s “Beijing Smoking Ban” (北京市控烟条例), which will ban smoking inside all public spaces. According to a Jiemian.com article, Chinese grassroots NGOs are hoping to play a bigger role in tobacco control nationwide. Both Friends of Nature and Yiyun (益云, 公益互联网) recently co-organized the “Put out Your Cigarette for Love” (为爱熄烟) event in support of the up-coming smoking ban. The event gained much attention and support from other NGOs. Furthermore, in previous years Chinese NGOs have been actively involved in tobacco control. For example, NGOs …read more

Strategies for the Internationalization of Chinese NGOs: A Study by Huang Haoming

Strategies for the Internationalization of Chinese NGOs: A Study by Huang Haoming

Executive Director of CANGO, Huang Haoming, summarises his research on the internationalization of Chinese NGOs, analysing current challenges, making policy recommendations, and viewing the participation of NGOs in China’s overseas aid as an opportunity to enhance Chinese soft power

Are Chinese NGOs in Nepal “lonely islands”?

A China Youth Daily article describes Chinese NGOs that took part in the Nepal earthquake relief effort as “lonely islands (孤岛)”. It acknowledges that the earthquake represented an important opportunity for Chinese NGOs to learn and participate in international collaborations, but says that their lack of experience and preparation limited their effectiveness. According to the article, the China NGO Consortium for Nepal Earthquake 2015 (CNC-Nepal) didn’t work as well as expected. Chinese NGOs established the CNC-Nepal platform to share information and experiences with one another in order to respond efficiently. However when the Chinese NGOs arrived in Nepal they were faced with three major problems: communication problems, transportation difficulties, and a lack of local guides. These caused …read more

Learning from Nepal: Part Two of an Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

Learning from Nepal: Part Two of an Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

The second half of CDB’s interview with Jock Baker, an independent consultant commissioned by The Asia Foundation to analyse and share the experiences of Chinese NGOs participating in the Nepal earthquake relief effort

Learning from Nepal: An Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

Learning from Nepal: An Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

CDB’s Tom Bannister talks to Jock Baker, an independent consultant commissioned by The Asia Foundation to analyse and share the experiences of Chinese NGOs participating in the Nepal earthquake relief effort

Chinese NGOs Cross the Himalayas: From Tangshan to Wenchuan to Nepal?

Chinese NGOs Cross the Himalayas: From Tangshan to Wenchuan to Nepal?

CDB’s Tom Bannister takes a first look at the involvement of Chinese NGO’s in the relief effort in Nepal

Pioneering Blurred Lines: Ruth Shapiro on Chinese Social Entrepreneurship

Pioneering Blurred Lines: Ruth Shapiro on Chinese Social Entrepreneurship

CDB staff writer Stephanie Wang talks to Ruth Shapiro about the new Chinese edition of her book on social entrepreneurship.

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Jingtao from the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Jingtao from the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children

An Interview with Liu Jingtao, Director of the Program Development Department at the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wolf Kantelhardt of Misereor

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wolf Kantelhardt of Misereor

An interview with Wolf Kantelhardt, Finance and Evaluation Officer at Misereor, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

An interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” series

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Li Hong, Deputy Director General of the One Foundation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Li Hong, Deputy Director General of the One Foundation

An interview with Li Hong, Deputy Director General of the One Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

EU-China NGO twinning programs agree to merge

Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator have agreed to combine their existing exchange programs into a joint initiative. The joint initiative will be named “EU-China NGO Twinning Program”. It will comprise the Stiftung Asienhaus “EU-China NGO Twinning Program”, which is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Stiftung Mercator’s “China-EU NGO Exchange Program on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development”. Previously, Stiftung Mercator ran its program together with the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E) and the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) and will now continue this good cooperation with both project partners in the joint initiative. In future, up to 24 employees from Chinese and European organizations will take part in …read more

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Zhai Yan, Founder of Huizeren

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Zhai Yan, Founder of Huizeren

An interview with Zhai Yan, founder of Huizeren, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

2014 China Grassroots Transparency Rankings released in Shenzhen

The 2014 China Grassroots Transparency Rankings, sponsored by organisations including the Dunhe Foundation, Narada Foundation, SEE Foundation, Western Sunshine, and China Foundation Center, was released on March 15 in Shenzhen. The list was based around information from 1300 grassroots NGOs. The Grassroots Transparency Index (GTI), the evaluation model used by the List, was developed by Deng Guosheng and Cheng Wenhao, both professors of School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University. The main conclusions from the Rankings were: 1. Grassroots transparency had been increasing gradually, but there is still much room for further improvement. There were also big gaps between grassroots NGOs in terms of openness and transparency: the highest score achieved was 98.3 …read more

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Zhouhong, Former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Zhouhong, Former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation

Interview with Liu Zhouhong, former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Online course and scholarship for civil society capacity building launched in Beijing

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today in Beijing launched Building Capacity of CSOs in China, an online e-course and scholarship programme to deliver expert training and qualifications to people studying or working in Chinese Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Civil Society is a field rapidly growing in size and influence in China, with over 547,000 registered CSOs employing around 12 million full-time and part-time staff. The course is designed to improve the capabilities of these organisations by offering a tailor-made series of lectures by experts on technical skills such as fundraising, advocacy, governance and staff management. Participants who complete the five week free online course can receive a certificate of …read more