Keyword: Civil Society

CDB Editorial: Lobbying from outside the system

CDB Editorial: Lobbying from outside the system

When the average Chinese reflects on last year’s annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), otherwise known as the “Two Congresses,” the only thing that comes to mind is transportation restrictions and traffic jams.

CDB Editorial: Liang Congjie

CDB Editorial: Liang Congjie

This editorial on Liang Congjie, founder of Friends of Nature and one of the pioneers of the first generation of NGO activists in China is the first of the CDB editorials that we are providing on this website.

China’s Third Sector: Is it Losing its Independence?

China’s Third Sector: Is it Losing its Independence?

This article addresses a long-standing but important debate over the independence of China’s NGOs. Going back to the early 1990s, China scholars have viewed Chinese NGOs as coopted by the state, unable and unwilling to play an assertive, independent role in speaking for and acting on behalf of marginalized groups

An Interview with the Founder of Non Profit Incubator (NPI)

An Interview with the Founder of Non Profit Incubator (NPI)

NPI is emblematic of a new wave of nonprofits led by a younger, more professional generation of social activists who come with experience and skills learned in the corporate, media and international development sectors

An Emerging Civil Society: The Impact of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake on Grassroots Civic Associations in China

An Emerging Civil Society: The Impact of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake on Grassroots Civic Associations in China

Drawing on survey data and interviews with NGOs involved with the Sichuan earthquake response and reconstruction, this article argues that the earthquake provided an important catalyst for a previously quiescent NGO community.

The China Women’s Network against AIDS: Between Donors and the Grassroots

The China Women’s Network against AIDS: Between Donors and the Grassroots

This article provides a fascinating, in-depth study of the Women’s Network against AIDS (WNAC). WNAC has 21 organisational members, although most of these can be better characterised as peer support groups rather than NGOs.

New Frontiers In China’s Third Sector Development: Strategizing For Effective Advocacy

New Frontiers In China’s Third Sector Development: Strategizing For Effective Advocacy

Noakes’ report provides some specific recommendations for international funders and NGOs interested in strengthening issue advocacy networks that would involve Chinese NGOs in playing a larger role in shaping policy

Overview of the Chinese Publishing Market for the NGO Sector

Overview of the Chinese Publishing Market for the NGO Sector

This article provides a broad and useful overview and evaluation of NGO publications in China. Included in his overview is our very own China Development Brief

China's Huiling: Harmonious Cooperation Requires the Rule of Law and A Culture of Acceptance

China’s Huiling: Harmonious Cooperation Requires the Rule of Law and A Culture of Acceptance

The following article is by the founder of Huiling, one of China’s oldest NGOs serving the intellectually disabled. Community integration is central to the mission of Huiling schools which seek to help intellectually disabled young adults become part of the community by teaching them social and life skills

Interview with Ma Jun

Interview with Ma Jun

The following is a in-depth interview with one of China’s best-known environmentalists.

A Survey of the Major Public Welfare Events of 2010

A Survey of the Major Public Welfare Events of 2010

This article highlights the major public welfare events of 2010.

Special Issue: Philanthropy and Civil Society in China (Summer 2011)

Special Issue: Philanthropy and Civil Society in China (Summer 2011)

Different Views Emerge at the Second Private Foundation Forum

Different Views Emerge at the Second Private Foundation Forum

This article is part of our special issue on New Trends in Philanthropy and Civil Society in China (Summer, 2011). It details some of the important issues and debates raised at the second session of the Private Foundation Forum about the role of private foundations, and the private entrepreneurs behind them

An Interview with Zhuang Ailing, CEO of the China Foundation Center

An Interview with Zhuang Ailing, CEO of the China Foundation Center

This article is part of our special issue on New Trends in Philanthropy and Civil Society in China (Summer, 2011). It records an interview with Zhuang Ailing, then the new CEO of the just-established China Foundation Center

China’s Foundations Move toward Greater Transparency to Survive

China’s Foundations Move toward Greater Transparency to Survive

This article introduces arguably the most important development in the world of Chinese philanthropy in 2010: the establishment of a China Foundation Center (CFC) to strengthen information disclosure, transparency, and professionalism among China’s public and private foundations.

Changes in the China Charity Federation System

Changes in the China Charity Federation System

This article is part of our special issue on New Trends in Philanthropy and Civil Society in China (Summer, 2011). It highlights the government’s heavy hand in the philanthropy sector through a case study of the China Charity Federation (CCF), one of the major players in Chinese philanthropy.

International Donors and Domestic NGOs Need to Establish Equitable Partnerships

International Donors and Domestic NGOs Need to Establish Equitable Partnerships

This article is part of our special issue on New Trends in Philanthropy and Civil Society in China (Summer, 2011). While many of the other articles in this issue examine the rise of Chinese foundations and their possible impact on the NGO sector, this article examines the role and impact of international funders which have traditionally been the most important supporters of grassroots NGOs in China.

One Foundation and SEE as “shell” Foundations

One Foundation and SEE as “shell” Foundations

This article is part of our special issue on New Trends in Philanthropy and Civil Society in China (Summer, 2011). It provides a glimpse into the fluid, shifting nature of organizations in China.