Keyword: Civil Society

Zhu Jiangang on the Development of Community Foundations in China

Zhu Jiangang on the Development of Community Foundations in China

China’s community foundations are still few in number, but the majority of those now in existence were created over the last couple of years. In this article and interview, academic and foundation director Zhu Jiangang discusses their challenges and future prospects.

Hong Kong NGOs Registering in Mainland China: an Analysis

Hong Kong NGOs Registering in Mainland China: an Analysis

This article presents a detailed analysis of how Hong Kong NGOs have fared in registering and running temporary activities in Mainland China since the Overseas NGO Law was implemented.

A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law

A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law

This article provides an insightful analysis on the registration of overseas NGOs in China since the new law was passed, accompanied with numerous graphs and statistics.

The Comprehensive List of Overseas NGOs Registered in China

The Comprehensive List of Overseas NGOs Registered in China

The complete list of overseas NGOs that have succeeded in registering a representative office in China since the Overseas NGO Law came out.

CDB report on salaries in the Chinese NGO sector released

China Development Brief has released a report on its survey of employees’ salaries in Chinese Charitable Organizations. Supported by Germany’s Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) Foundation, the survey was carried out from September to November 2016, combining both online surveys and field visits. The survey involved NGOs working in a variety of fields and based in 30 different municipalities, provinces and autonomous regions, as well as overseas NGOs working in China. The data was collected from a large number of samples and is notable for its representativeness. The investigation was as far as possible conducted in a transparent and public fashion. The report first finding is that the welfare …read more

New Government Document on Managing RMB Bank Accounts for Overseas NGOs

New Government Document on Managing RMB Bank Accounts for Overseas NGOs

CDB’s translation of a recent notice by the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Public Security on the management of RMB bank accounts for the representative offices of overseas NGOs.

Workshop on the Overseas NGO Law held in Ningbo

Workshop on the Overseas NGO Law held in Ningbo

A workshop on the Overseas NGO Law was held by the Amity Foundation on May 25 in Ningbo, with the purpose of studying the law and discussing the way forward for exchange and cooperation with international civil society under its framework. Over 70 people attended the workshop, including representatives from both overseas and Chinese NGOs, academic institutions and government departments.   The opening speech was delivered by Li Guohua, the Deputy Head of the Provincial Department of the United Front Work and Director of the Bureau of Religious Affairs of Jiangsu Province. During his speech, he spoke highly about the positive role played by overseas NGOs during China’s 40 years of …read more

Same Bed, Different Dreams? The Divergent Pathways of Foundations and Grassroots NGOs in China

Same Bed, Different Dreams? The Divergent Pathways of Foundations and Grassroots NGOs in China

The cooperation between China’s wealthy philanthropic foundations and the country’s many grassroots NGOs has often been uneasy and fraught with misunderstanding, and levels of support and funding remain low. This paper by Shawn Shieh examines the reasons for this disconnect, and offers possible solutions.

CPAFFC appointed government supervisory unit for German foundations

CPAFFC appointed government supervisory unit for German foundations

Mr. Li Xikui, Secretary General of CPAFFC. A good option may have presented itself for all the foreign NGOs in China that are still looking for a government supervisory unit in order to register, as required by the Overseas NGO Law. A few days ago it was announced that the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) would act as the government supervisory unit for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, three out of the four German political party foundations that registered in Beijing as overseas NGOs this week. CPAFFC was founded in 1954 as a nation-wide entity specializing in foreign …read more

Working with the Migrant Children of Beijing - an Interview with Helen Boyle

Working with the Migrant Children of Beijing – an Interview with Helen Boyle

Helen Boyle is a British lady who started and runs a foundation that helps improve the education of the children of migrant workers in Beijing. Today she speaks with CDB about her work, what motivates her and what children need to be happy.

A roundup on the registration of overseas NGOs in China

Since the new Overseas NGO Law was implemented in January, and perhaps since the law’s final version was released last April, the big question for most international NGOs working in China has been “will we be able to register”? The new law stipulates that every overseas NGO needs to first find a “supervisory unit” within the government, and then register with the Public Security Bureau. Many non-profits were not at all certain of how long the process would take, or whether it would end successfully. Shanghai and Beijing were unsurprisingly the first places to start issuing registration credentials to foreign NGOs, starting in January. Then over the following months other provinces started …read more

Practical Guide to the ONGO Law (Registration and Filing)

Practical Guide to the ONGO Law (Registration and Filing)

This handy guide, produced by the Center for Charity Law of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, provides answers to some of the frequent questions that arise when foreign NGOs want to register or apply for temporary activities in China under the new law.

Purported dissolving of social work undergraduate program by Sun Yat-sen University stirs concern

Purported dissolving of social work undergraduate program by Sun Yat-sen University stirs concern

Earlier this week the headmaster of Sun Yat-sen University announced the closing of the university’s social work undergraduate program, igniting alarm from students and netizens. In response to the school’s announcement to dissolve the program, students wrote an open letter to the headmaster expressing their disappointment. On May 6, the headmaster responded to upset students, saying “Sun Yat-sen University’s social work undergraduate program will temporarily halt enrollment beginning this fall semester.” This comes after the school has begun an overhaul in its enrollment procedures, but many students noted that “temporarily halting” and “enrollment reform” are not the same thing. As for the decision to dissolve the program and the future of current …read more

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

The Executive Vice President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, a pioneer among Chinese NGOs for its work in Africa, speaks with CDB about the motivations, challenges and prospects for the globalization of China’s NGOs.

China's first equity charitable trust established

China’s first equity charitable trust established

In the last few days, the trustee of SDIC Taikang Trust Company finished filing with Beijing’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, marking the establishment of China’s first equity charitable trust. The trust was set up principally by one individual, whose contribution to the trust exceeded 480 thousand yuan, which will be used to promote nationwide literacy education research and other education-related projects. The trust is being administered by Shanghai Adream Charitable Foundation with Beijing Zhong Sheng Law Firm acting as its trust supervisor and Bohai Bank acting as the treasurer. Since the implementation of the Charity Law in September 2016, charitable trusts have been developing at a rapid pace in China. Out …read more

China’s NGOs Go Global: True Stories from a Program Director

China’s NGOs Go Global: True Stories from a Program Director

There is an increasing number of Chinese NGOs that have become active overseas. What challenges do they face when operating abroad? The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation’s program director recounts some of his experiences and cultural misunderstandings from when he worked in Sudan.

Ministry of Civil Affairs creates online database of social organizations

Ministry of Civil Affairs creates online database of social organizations

This week, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced the creation of a public online database that displays information about 700 thousand social organizations across China. The announcement comes as a sigh of relief to many in China in the wake of reports of pyramid-scheme charities and unauthentic organizations. The Ministry hopes that the online platform will increase the transparency of social organizations. By the end of 2016, there were 332,929 social groups, 358,833 private-run non-enterprise organizations and 5268 foundations in China. These social organizations have made countless contributions to Chinese society. Following the growth of these types of organizations however, many people have begun to worry about the authenticity of their …read more

The Chinese Design of the Charity Law

The Chinese Design of the Charity Law

In the midst of the abounding commentary on China’s first legislation on charity, British researcher Holly Snape offers a unique perspective on the “Chinese characteristics” embodied in the design of the Charity Law.