Keyword: Capacity Building

Public welfare crowdfunding in China: 2014’s most successful projects

Crowdfunding has recently become very popular on the internet. When crowdfunding appeared in China almost three years ago, no-one showed interest in it. It now has an impressive success rate. All kinds of public welfare projects, no matter how unusual, are now being on the Internet. The internet has proved to be a strong vehicle for public welfare crowd-funding: not only it increased the number of people willing to participate in public welfare projects; it has also increased public interest in the subject. Looking at general statistics about the growth of the crowd-funding movement, it is clear that the movement is booming in China. In just short period of time crowd-funding …read more

What new Chinese NGO employees should know

This article summarizes some of the main obstacles people can encounter when entering the public welfare sector in China for the first time. As the author explains, because Chinese civil society organizations are not as developed as in other countries, many of them have flawed working practices. Thus, sometime it is difficult for new NGO workers to carry out their work smoothly. The author points out five major issues. Firstly, a lack of fixed responsibilities. Often, once you enter an NGO you will find that nobody has a fixed duty, and everyone is doing a bit of everything. This might be detrimental for one’s personal development, as well as slow down the …read more

The Shenzhen Charity Fair: Charity Banquet or Awkward Show?

The Shenzhen Charity Fair: Charity Banquet or Awkward Show?

The Shenzhen 2014 Charity Fair was held a few months ago. In this article, Chen Qian’er looks back on the 2013 Fair which raised a few important questions for the meaning of these kind of events in China.

As a social organization, how do you make the government buy your services?

The goal of this article is to provide social organizations with tips on how to obtain funding from the government.

Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas

Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas

In this article, the author analyzes the obstacles NGOs working in ethnic minority areas have to overcome in order to operate and develop.

Friends of the Disabled: A High-Tech Enterprise for People with Disabilities

Friends of the Disabled: A High-Tech Enterprise for People with Disabilities

In one of several CDB articles on the intersection of the civil society and business sectors, CDB Contributing Writer, Wang Hui, profiles one of China’s earliest and most successful social enterprises

Ma Zhengzhou: An AIDS Relief Practitioner on the Frontline

Ma Zhengzhou: An AIDS Relief Practitioner on the Frontline

As part of her series on NGOs in Anhui, Guo Ting tells the bittersweet story of an AIDS relief practitioner’s ultimately successful efforts to set up a Chi Heng Foundation office in Anhui province, register it as a NGO and deliver financial assistance to HIV-infected families in the area.

Domestic Workers Set Out Rules For Their Employers

Domestic Workers Set Out Rules For Their Employers

In this article, Han Hongmei uses the “I give the employers my set of rules” case study to analyze the emergence and multiplication of advocacy activities carried out by marginalized groups.

China’s Public Welfare Brain Drain

According to a new survey, many of China’s public welfare workers are choosing to leave the sector, causing a brain drain. Public welfare enterprises are seemingly unable to retain talent with up to 37.5% of those leaving public welfare jobs choosing to go into the private sector.

Interview with Wang Wei of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union

Interview with Wang Wei of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union

This article is an interview of Ms Wang Wei, chairwoman of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union, in which she tells us her story and explains how the union was created.

China Fortune – Chinese women’s rights: 20 years after the World Women’s Conference

The article discusses the political and intellectual legacies of the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, including the deepened understanding of feminist theory, the growth of grassroots organizing, and the increase in international collaboration among NGOs

A Win-Win Situation: The Chengdu NGO Service Park

A Win-Win Situation: The Chengdu NGO Service Park

This article is part two of Fu Tao’s profile of the Chengdu NGO Service Park, one of a number of government-initiated platforms being established to provide support to fledgling NGOs.

The Chengdu NGO Service Park: an Interview with Xu Qizhi

The Chengdu NGO Service Park: an Interview with Xu Qizhi

Fu Tao interviews the Advisor for the new Chengdu NGO Service Park, a platform established by local party and government departments to provide incubation services to fledgling NGOs.

A Review of Civic Environmentalism in China in 2012

A Review of Civic Environmentalism in China in 2012

Feng Yongfeng, founder of the Green Beagle Environment Institute (达尔问自然求知社) and Nature University (自然大学), reviews the ups and downs in civic environmentalism in 2012.

Working with Civil Society in Foreign Aid: Possibilities for South-South Cooperation?

Working with Civil Society in Foreign Aid: Possibilities for South-South Cooperation?

In this timely article based on his book-length study, Brian Tomlinson argues for a larger role for civil society in delivering aid between countries in the global South.

NGO 2.0: Helping Grassroots Groups use New Media

NGO 2.0: Helping Grassroots Groups use New Media

Fu Tao, CDB’s Senior Researcher, profiles the China NGO 2.0 Project, which trains Chinese grassroots NGOs to use social media and the internet.

NGOs Have a Role in Organizing Society: An Interview with Michael Busgen

NGOs Have a Role in Organizing Society: An Interview with Michael Busgen

CDB Editor, Liu Haiying, interviews Michael Busgen, long-time observer of China’s NGO sector, who offers some refreshing commentary on the past, present and future of China’s NGOs.

Scaling Up Social Service Outsourcing in China: An Exploratory Study of HIV CSOs in Yunnan

Scaling Up Social Service Outsourcing in China: An Exploratory Study of HIV CSOs in Yunnan

In this well-researched study, independent consultant Marta Jagusztyn examines how recent plans to scale up government procurement of services will impact grassroots CSOs and how it can be improved to support the long-term development of China’s CSOs.