Keyword: Community Development

China's first rainbow anti-gender based violence service center for LGBTI people opened

China’s first rainbow anti-gender based violence service center for LGBTI people opened

China’s first Rainbow Anti-Gender Based Violence Service Center (RAVSC) for LGBTI people was opened in Beijing on June 25. The center will be run by a community-based non-profit organization, Common Language, which was established in January 2005. The primary focus of Common Language is Chinese communities that suffer from oppression based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. It also endeavors to educate the general public on sexual diversity issues, to eradicate discrimination, and to fight for equal rights through community mobilization, public education, and policy advocacy. In 2008, Common Language was awarded Netherlands’ Mama Cash “She Changes the World” award. The Rainbow Anti-Gender Based Violence Service Center for LGBTI …read more

The Internet helps to connect NGOs in northwestern China

The newly launched Northwestern NGO Resource Community is an online and offline network that connects NGOs in Ningxia, Gansu, Shaanxi, Xinjiang and Qinghai, the five provinces of China’s vast and remote Northwest. The project was started by five social organizations based in the region, the Ningxia Youth Social Innovation Development Center, the Gansu Yishanyishui Center for Environmental and Social Development, the Shannxi Puhui Youth Social Development Center, the Xinjiang Volunteer Philanthropy Union, and the Qinghai Minhe Embroidery Association, with the goal of integrating information and sharing resources. It will allow them to use the Internet to connect with each other and their work, and also provide a great opportunity to …read more

The fourth Cross-Straits Charity Forum opens in Xiamen

The Fourth Cross-Straits Charity Forum kicked off in Xiamen, Southern China, on June the 11th. The Forum was hosted by eight organizations, including the well-known Song Qing foundation, the Hong Kong Volunteer Union, and the Chinese Cultural Promotion Association (Taiwan). Over 300 delegates from a wide range of charity groups in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were in attendance. The keynote speeches of the forum focused on community charity and community building, youth charity and social development, and innovation in the information age. Professor Ming Wang from the Charity Research Institute at Tsinghua University talked about the possibility of promoting cross-straits communication and developing close cooperation in the field …read more

Third CCTV Charity Night Held

The third CCTV Charity Night was held in Beijing last Tuesday evening. This year’s themes were philanthropy and poverty alleviation. Ten people were selected by a committee to receive the title of “Charitable Figure of the Year”, based on their contributions to the charity sector. Not looking only for celebrities, the committee also chose individuals who work on the frontline and help the poor within their local communities. The final list of those selected for the award includes Yao Ming (a basketball player), Xu Zhiwei (a businessman), Deng Yingxiang (a villager from Guizhou), Sun Xuemei (a woman journalist), Liu Fang (a psychiatrist for students), Ta Linfu (an activist for the …read more

Tourism Will Help 12 Million Chinese Move Out of Poverty by 2020

Tourism Will Help 12 Million Chinese Move Out of Poverty by 2020

The first World Conference on Tourism for Development opened in Beijing on the 19th of May. Representatives from more than 107 countries and 15 international organizations, as well as executives from tourism research organizations, universities and enterprises attended the conference. The themes of the conference were “Sustainable Development through Tourism”, “Tourism for Peace” and “Tourism for Poverty Reduction”. Li Jinzao, the minister of the China National Tourism Administration, claimed that the number of outbound tourists from China would exceed 600 million, and tourism would help 12 million to 14 million Chinese people move out of poverty in the coming 5 years. 150 million Chinese tourists would travel to the countries …read more

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

A Confucius School was opened inside a prison in Luzhong, Shandong Province, in the beginning of the month. Unlike the more famous Confucius Institutes, the Confucius Schools are a large-scale cultural program organized by the China Confucius Foundation with the aim of spreading Confucian thought, promoting traditional culture, and strengthening local communities. Starting in July 2014 over five hundred schools have been opened in mainland China, including provinces like Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Tibet. This Confucius School in Luzhong is the first school the foundation has opened inside a prison. Staff members at the prison said that the school helped to provide educational resources and professional knowledge which were mostly unavailable to …read more

Beijing Government Releases New Policies on Community Care for the Elderly

The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau has released a document on the “Ten Policies on Support and Care for the Elderly at Home”. The document, released on the 18th of May, covers topics including support for the elderly, residency and medical care. During the media conference Hongbing Li, the spokesman for the Bureau, claimed that the Beijing government would build community service centers to provide daytime care, calling services, food delivery, health guidance, entertainment and counselling for free. By 2020, community service centers will cover all the communities in Beijing. Counting the current elderly care centers in residential districts, 96% of the elderly in Beijing will be taken care of near home. Li …read more

“Bamboo Grove Project” to fund young scholars in China announced

“Bamboo Grove Project” to fund young scholars in China announced

China Charity Alliance and the Dunhe Foundation have announced the start of the “Bamboo Grove Project” (竹林计划) . The project will provide 1.5 million yuan to fund young scholars who want to carry out theoretical research in the field of charity. The project was announced on China’s Youth Day, which falls on the 4th of May. It will be funded by the Dunhe Foundation and executed by China Charity Alliance. The “Bamboo Grove Project” plans to target current postgraduates, PhD students, young scholars and charity practitioners under 40. As Liu Zhouhong, the general secretary of Dunhe Foundation, said: “I hope the ‘Bamboo Grove Project’ will develop a group of researchers and scholars of charity …read more

Seminar on elderly care in rural areas puts forward a proposal to the “two sessions”

A seminar focusing on the “empty nest” elderly and the elderly care in rural areas was held by the Hebei Diamond Foundation(河北钻石公益基金会). The seminar has discussed the mutual improvement model for elderly care in rural areas and has included their suggestions of it in their proposal to the “two sessions”

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (国家新闻出版广电总局) recently released a Draft of the new Nationwide Reading Promotion Regulations for public solicitation, following the Legislative Plan of the State Council (国务院立法工作计划). Nationwide reading promotion had already been proposed as a national policy in 2013 during the “two sessions” (the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference). With the new draft regulations being released, the topic is once again under the spotlight. Echoing this tide, a variety of free reading spaces have sprung up all over China during recent years. One particularly successful example worth mentioning is …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs’ five measures to support the rural elderly

On January 25th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Community Service System Building Plan (2011-2015)”and the “Social Pension System Building Plan (2011-2015)”during its regular news conference, demonstrating how it was implemented during China’s 12th Five Year Plan and the prospects for the 13th Five Year Plan. According to Zhen Bingliang, vice director of the Social Benefits Center at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, rural elder care is a challenging issue. There are a large number of left-behind elderly, people of a very advanced age and senior citizens with empty nests who are currently leading extremely difficult lives. The solutions that the Ministry of Civil Affairs has been exploring since the 12th …read more

Beijing government plans to purchase 500 different services from social organizations in 2016

The Beijing Municipal Social Work Committee and the Beijing Social Office announced that the Beijing government would continue to purchase 500 services from various social organizations at different levels in 2016, using Beijing’s special fund for social construction. The services purchased can be divided into five categories and 30 aspects, including social public services, social charitable services, community services, social governance services and social decision advisory services. This method of purchasing services by the government encourages more social organizations to get involved with social issues and contributes to create a modern system of social organizations. Since being set up six years ago, the Beijing special fund for social construction has …read more

The reviewed draft of the Charity Law released online for public consultation

Last month the Draft of the Charity Law of the People’ s Republic of China (中华人民共和国慈善事业法(草案)) was reviewed for the second time by the 18th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress. The NPC’s Law Committee and Legislative Affairs Commission reviewed the Draft according to the opinions expressed by various sides. The reviewed Draft has now been made available on the NPC website (http://www.npc.gov.cn/) for public consultation. The content of the Draft is displayed on the website in full. Comments about the draft can be made via the NPC website or by posting them to the address shown below. The deadline for comments is the 31st …read more

Report on China’s Evaluation of Social Organizations released in Shanghai

The Non-governmental Organization Administration Bureau and the Civil Service Center of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Social Sciences Academic Press jointly released a blue book entitled Report on The Development of China’s Social Organizations Evaluation 2015 (《中国社会组织评估发展报告(2015)》蓝皮书) in Shanghai. The report points out that 99 national social organizations have been evaluated as level 3A and above, accounting for 85% of the 116 organizations that received an actual assessment in 2014. The Industry and Business Association of China continuously takes active part in these assessments and offers an evaluation coverage rate of over 50%, playing an increasingly large role in promoting the healthy development of non-governmental organizations. …read more

Hope Items, an online platform to make donations, starts up!

The opening ceremony for Hope Items, a charitable project organized by the China Youth Development Foundation, was held in Beijing on December 21. The project enables people to donate their idle goods on its official website in order to satisfy the needs of teachers and students in the countryside and in undeveloped areas, allowing them to put their idle goods to use and provide rural children with a warm childhood. According to Yao Wen, the deputy secretary general of China Youth Development Foundation, Hope Items has several characteristics which set it apart from traditional donations. First of all, thanks to online (or live) communication and interaction directly between donors and recipients, the cost of …read more

Community Development: Discover, Think and Act

Community Development: Discover, Think and Act

A girl who works in the Zhenro Foundation talks about how her first experience of urban life in Shanghai and a visit to Taiwan stoked her interest in projects to help urban communities.

The China Foundation Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration held in Beijing

The China Foundation Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration was succesfully held in Beijing’s Jianguo Hotel on November 25th. The event was entitled ‘Win-win collaboration: building a healthy philanthropic system together’. The meeting was hosted by the China Foundation Center, a platform for industrial information disclosure initiated by 35 well-known foundations, and supported by organizations such as the Dunhe Foundation (浙江敦和慈善基金会), China Children and Teenagers Fund (中国儿童少年基金会), Shanghai Charity Foundation (上海市慈善基金会), Zhishan Foundation (智善公益基金会), Hainan Disabled Person’s Federation (海南省残疾人基金会), and Chengdu Foundation for Disabled Person (成都市残疾人福利基金会). The State Council Guidance on the promotion of the healthy development of philanthropy, published in 2014, which sets philanthropy as an important force in building a …read more

China’s Child Safety Emergency Response platform has gone online

China’s Child Safety Emergency Response platform has gone online

China’s Child Safety Emergency Response(CCSER儿童失踪预警平台)went online on its Wechat Platform on November 20th, Universal Children’s Day. The Zhongshe Social Work Development Foundation(中社社会发展基金会)and Tencent Charity jointly held a press conference for the launching of CCSER, which was initiated on May 25th 2015. CCSER was built based on strong Wechat network data and GIS technology. Once parents have completed their identity authentication on CCSER, if their kid gets lost, related information will be released and the system will go to work to find their child. The extensive coverage of the platform makes it possible to make the most of the “Golden Three Hours” for the rescue of lost kids. In the past, …read more