Keyword: Civil Society

Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation

Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation

An interview with Elizabeth Knupp, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, about the Ford Foundation’s experience registering in China under the Overseas NGO Law and its future plans in the country.

New Government Notice on Work Permits for Foreign Staff in Overseas NGOs

New Government Notice on Work Permits for Foreign Staff in Overseas NGOs

CDB’s translation of a report on a recent government notice on the handling of work permits for the foreign staff of overseas NGOs

Statistics on the public welfare sector in 2016: 702,000 social organizations, 82.7 billion donations and 288,000 social workers

In early August, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued the “2016 statistical bulletin on social service development” (hereinafter referred to as “bulletin”). The bulletin shows that by the end of 2016 the total number of social organizations reached 702,000, an increase of 6% over the previous year. The number of employees in this field had also risen to 7.637 million people. In 2016, including social organizations, social donations were 82.7 billion Yuan. Besides, 288,000 social workers have been contributing to the public welfare sector. Among these 702,000 social organizations, 361,000 are private non-enterprise units, and 336 of them are social groups. The number of foundations is 5559 in total, and this figure …read more

How to Ensure the Sustainability of Poverty Alleviation?

How to Ensure the Sustainability of Poverty Alleviation?

This article by CASS researcher Xun Lili explores China’s recent efforts to alleviate poverty from the perspectives of sustainability and empowerment.

How are all Chinese to Escape Poverty by 2020?

How are all Chinese to Escape Poverty by 2020?

The Chinese government has set the goal of eradicating poverty from China by 2020. This article summarizes the main points of a debate between some of China’s main experts on poverty alleviation, discussing how to define poverty and how the remaining pockets of deprivation in rural areas should be addressed.

White paper on the psychological condition of Chinese left-behind children released

White paper on the psychological condition of Chinese left-behind children released

On July 21st, “Shang Xue Lu Shang” (上学路上) held a news conference presenting its third “White Paper on the Psychological Condition of Chinese Left-Behind Children”. As a prominent research guide on left-behind children in China, both the media and the public have become used to awaiting the release of the White Paper on Left-Behind Children every summer since 2015. This year’s White Paper is based upon the results of a survey that included 14,868 questionnaires, covered 20 provinces across China and Japan, and lasted for 312 days. Both in terms of the total number of questionnaires and the research model, the 2017 White Paper is more wide-ranging compared to the …read more

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.