Keyword: China in the World

Jimen Strategic Forum on Chinese NGOs “going out”

The recent tragic Nepal earthquake has been a big test for China’s NGOs, with it representing their first large-scale participation in foreign humanitarian assistance. As more and more Chinese NGOs reach out to the world, the Jimen Strategic Forum (蓟门决策论坛) recently held a special session on Chinese NGOs “going out”. Xingzui Wang, deputy Director of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, attended the forum and points out that although Chinese government and business have invested over 665 billion US dollars in 184 countries, most of the contracts are construction related and has little to do with community development. According to Wang it is crucial to establish a healthy trilateral relationship among government, businesses, and NGOs in …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

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

Council on Foundations and ICNL hold conference call on overseas NGO law

On Wednesday last week, the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) organized a conference call on China’s Draft Law on Management of Overseas NGOs. Over 130 people joined the call, which discussed how the proposed legislation would impact US organisations running projects in China. Several experts took part in the call including Professor Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as staff members of US foundations and the Council of Foundations. The Council on Foundations is preparing its comments on the legislation which will be submitted to the legislating authorities before the deadline. Both the ICNL and the Council on Foundations advise that …read more

Zhongguancun to start trial registration for three types of Overseas NGOs

The Beijing local government yesterday released a State Council-approved plan for pilot projects to open-up the city’s service industry. The plan includes the trial registration for Overseas NGOs. According to the three year plan Beijing will develop the areas of science and technology, information, culture and education, finance, commercial affairs, tourism, and health. For Overseas NGOs – which have been in the spotlight recently since the Overseas NGO Management Law (second draft) was released for public consultation – the new plan stated that Overseas NGOs (境外非政府组织) working in the areas of science and technology, education, and economics (经济类)can set up representative offices in Zhongguancun (中关村,a high-tech zone in the Haidian District of Beijing). The Beijing government will also start …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

China Philanthropy Times: the Overseas NGO Management Law affects more than just NGOs

The China Philanthropy Times (公益时报网) has published an article on the second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law of the People’s Republic of China, which was released online on the NPC website for public consultation (the consultation period is from May 5 to June 4). The article explains how the draft has roused extensive attention from Chinese and international NGOs since its release. However it quotes Professor Yang Tuan, Deputy Director of the Research Center of Public Policies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as saying “This law is not only going to have a big influence on Chinese NGOs but also the nation as a whole and China’s diplomatic policies”. It also …read more

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

Report on Chinese Nepal earthquake fundraising released by CCIC

The China Charity Information Centre (CCIC), an information platform set up by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2006, yesterday released a comprehensive report on Chinese fundraising for the relief effort after the May 25th Nepal earthquake. According to the report, China had raised 238.01 million yuan (including goods converted into money) for the Nepal earthquake relief until May 12th. The government accounted for about 55% of the money raised with 114 million yuan in total and organizational donations amounted to 49.88 million yuan (about 24% of the total amount), of which the tourism industry and religious groups contributed significantly. The internet also played a big role in the fundraising activities according to the …read more

Survey shows almost 70% support Chinese NGO participation in international humanitarian relief

A survey on the Nepal earthquake relief effort was conducted recently by China Philanthropy Times together with Sina Gonyi and Wenjuan.com. The survey was carried out from May 6 to May 11 and 1106 internet users participated. The results show that nearly 40% of the participants were willing to donate their money to non-profit organizations such as foundations. One thing worth noting is that the public were more focused on the accountability of fundraising activities than in previous surveys; nearly half of the participants said they would do some background research before giving money to a charitable organization, and about 23% of them would even follow how the money would be used by …read more

Information sharing has helped Chinese NGOs work together in Nepal

  The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal and Tibet on April 25th has prompted many Chinese NGOs to react swiftly and collectively in what could be the first large-scale cooperation between Chinese NGOs in international disaster relief. While many Chinese NGOs have sent their rescue teams to the earthquake-stricken areas, the Zhuoming Disaster Information Center (卓明灾害信息服务中心), a volunteer organization that was set up after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and specializing in processing disaster-related information and coordinating resources, stayed in China to serve as an important supporting force for those working on the frontline. Hao Nan, director of Zhuoming, has been working with his team day and night for about two weeks now since …read more

First major cooperation between Chinese NGOs in international disaster relief

In this China Youth Daily article, the One Foundation, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), China Women’s Development Foundation in China are praised for being among the quickest Chinese NGOs to respond after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. The article says that the active participation and quick response of Chinese NGOs after the earthquake is a positive sign for the development of the Chinese civil society. Chinese NGOs started to form disaster relief cooperative mechanisms after Lushan earthquake(April 20, 2013). During the time of Ludian earthquake (August 3, 2014), 20 NGOs got together and launched a disaster relief cooperation platform. But, the article points out, Chinese NGOs …read more

The One Foundation’s first 72 hours in Nepal

The first 72 hours are the most critical in earthquake relief. The One Foundation were well aware of that and had sent 3 rescue teams to Nepal, and 4 to Tibet within 72 hours after a deadly earthquake struck the Himalayas region. By April 28th there were already 26 people from the foundation working on the frontline of earthquake relief in Nepal and Tibet. As of April 28th, the foundation had raised more than 11.22 million yuan for the relief work in Nepal and Tibet, of which 2.55 millon were from businesses and other groups and 8.67 million were from the public. The Tencent Foundation and Dunhe Foundation were among the groups …read more

The China NGO Consortium for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

On the night of April 25 right after a 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, the Disaster Relief Coordinating Alliance of Foundations (基金会救灾协调会) convened an emergency meeting with Beijing Normal University, during which the Chinese NGO Coordinating Center for the 4.25 Nepal Earthquake (尼泊尔4·25地震中国社会组织应急响应协调中心) was established. The Center was renamed the China NGO Consortium for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake (or CNC-Nepal) (信息协同平台) during the second session of the meeting. Aside from the members of the Disaster Relief Coordinating Alliance of Foundations, CNC-Nepal also included other Chinese NGOs and international organizations that had participated in or paid close attention to the earthquake relief. The second meeting was convened by China Foundation for Poverty …read more

The Amity Foundation works through the ACT Alliance to launch disaster assessment in Nepal

As a founding member and board member of ACT Alliance, The Amity Foundation responded to the disaster on April 25th by contacting ACT Alliance’s Secretariat in Geneva and its partner office in Nepal. ACT Alliance informed detailed working plans on Nepal to Amity. After a thorough discussion with ACT Alliance, Amity decided to respond to humanitarian assistance in Nepal. As of now, the Amity Foundation has joined with local partners and started initial assessment on the ground. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the west of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal on April 25th, 2015. It is the most powerful earthquake in the area in 81 years. On April 26th, The Nepal …read more

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

New revisions made to draft international NGO legislation

Xinhua reports that the 14th session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee has conducted a second review of a draft bill on the management of international NGOs in China. The resultant draft stipulates that international NGOs or their representatives shall not be allowed to set up branches in China “unless otherwise specified by the State Council”. The newly attached proviso – “unless otherwise specified by the State Council” – was added because of dissenting opinions towards the first review of the draft conducted by the 12th session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee. Some local governments and state agencies claimed that the law should be more flexible since …read more

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Horst Fabian, EU–China Civil Society Ambassador and Independent Researcher

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Horst Fabian, EU–China Civil Society Ambassador and Independent Researcher

An interview with Horst Fabian, EU–China civil society ambassador and independent researcher, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project.