The Left-Behind Children of Longnan
In March and April of 2015, photographer Liu Feiyue went into Longnan, Gansu Province twice for his visual profile series on left-behind children. CDB has re-published the photos and translated their captions with the permission of the photographer.
Project Hope launches the 23rd African Hope Primary School in Namibia
On September 3rd, “Hope Project in Africa” of China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) launched its 23rd primary school, the largest one yet, in Omaheke region, Namibia.The school was officially delivered to Namibia and put into use after Yan Shi, the director of CYDF Hope Primary School department and the representative from Namibian Ministry of Education and Culture signed the project transfer documents. The primary school is named ‘China Tojoy Hope Primary School’(中国天九幸福希望小学) on completion of 8-month construction. Located near the boarder of Namibia and Botswana (400 km from the capital of Namibia), the school covers 1,500㎡ with 13 classrooms, offices for teachers, a multi-functional room and a playground. Before the …read more
Second public welfare summit on left-behind children held in Shenzhen
The second public welfare summit on left-behind children was held by Nanfang Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) in Shenzhen yesterday. It was co-hosted by Southern Media Group (南方报业传媒集团), the Department for Children of All-China Women’s Federation (全国妇联儿童工作部) and China Family Education Society (中国家庭教育学会). Nanfang Metropolis Daily started an initiative, named “Dream Action for Left-behind Children” (留守儿童圆梦行动), in 2009 to improve the living conditions and mental health of left-behind children, and in 2014 it held the first public welfare summit on left-behind children. The summit mainly focused on two topics: how to use legal methods to solve the problem of left-behind children, and how to establish social assistance system for them. Chen Xiaoxia, …read more
Liu Feiyue’s Village of Left Behind Children
Photographer Liu Feiyue travels to one village in Gansu to document the lives of the “left-behind” children who live there.
Plan to “decouple” industry associations and chambers of commerce
On July 9th, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council published a “General Plan to Decouple Industry Association Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Authorities” (Plan) (行业协会商会与行政机关脱钩总体方案). According to the Plan, nearly 70,000 industry associations and chambers of commerce, which come under the category of “social associations” (社会团体), would be separated from the executive authorities or their professional supervisory units. The first round of implementation of the plan will be tested in 100 different associations and chambers all over the nation in the second half of 2015 and will continue to expand testing areas in 2016. The Plan proposes to fully separate …read more
Procuratorate can now initiate public interest litigation
On July 1st the National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed a decision granting the Supreme People’s Procuratorate power to initiate public interest litigation at designated testing areas (全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于授予最高人民检察院在部分地区开展公益诉讼试点工作的决定). The Supreme People’s Procuratorate then released the Pilot Plan for Public Interest Litigation Brought by Procuratorial Departments (检察机关提起公益诉讼试点方案) as follow-up to the decision on July 2nd. According to the plan, procuratorial departments now officially have the power to initiate public interest litigation.
Discussion panels on NGOs helping left-behind children
Following the recent tragic Bijie incident, three discussion panels have been held by the social enterprise Yuan En Space focusing on how different actors in China can join forces to help left-behind children.
Similar to other legal persons, social organizations will have “unicode”
On June 17th, the State Council published a Notice on Unifying Social Credit Code (Unicode) for National Reform and Development Commission and all other organizations (Notice) (国务院关于批转发展改革委等部门法人和其他组织统一社会信用代码制度建设总体方案的通知). From now on, similar to industry and commerce organizations and other legal persons, social organizations (社会组织) will have “Unicode”. The Unicode will be divided into 5 parts and will consist of 18 digits and letters as suggested by the newly published Notice. The first part, also the first digit, is given by Registration Management Department. The second part of the code, which is the second digit, distinguishes the type of organization. For example, 1 is for social associations (社会团体), 2 is for private …read more
Solving the challenges facing ‘left-behind children’ requires efforts from everyone
On June 9th, four “left-behind children (留守儿童)” committed suicide in their home in Bijie, Guizhou. The tragic incident follows another three years ago, when five left-behind children died in Bijie after lighting a fire in a dustbin. The tragedy has once again brought national attention to the many problems facing children left behind by China’s migrant labourers. A Nanfang Daily article argues that these problems aren’t easy to solve and require coordinated efforts from both government and non-government. According to the article there are two possible solutions: one is to have parents come home (让爸妈回家) and the other one is to have children leave with their parents (跟爸妈离开). These might sound simple but to really …read more
“2015 Cross-Straits and Hong Kong & Macau Philanthropy Forum” held in Taipei
On June 1st the China Charity Alliance hosted the “2015 Cross-Straits and Hong Kong & Macau Philanthropy Forum” (2015海峡两岸暨港澳慈善论坛) in Taipei. The event was attended by scholars and practitioners from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Participants discussed philanthropy-related topics with the three themes this year being “together we share, be responsible, and create” (共享，共担，共创). A reported from the Jiangnan Times’ sat down with He Wen from the Amity Foundation, who talked about the forum’s three themes: Sharing (共享) How do communities build a “philanthropic culture” that shares with one another? To answer this question, He Wen used a story that took place in a community in Taiwan. In this community there was an old …read more
Green Future: China’s “first environmental project fundraising platform”
According to the Beijing Daily, on June 5th China’s “first public fundraising platform for environmental projects” – named “Green Future” (绿色未来) – went online. The China Environmental Culture Promotion Association (CECPA) and Shanghai GM are co-sponsoring the platform. Green Future is aimed at promoting environmental projects and raising awareness about environmental issues. The Beijing Daily writes that as a professional public fundraising platform for environmental projects, Green Future enables environmental projects to attract funding at a national level. According to the article it will increase the Chinese public’s participation rate in environment-related events, raise public awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable lifestyles. There are already quite a few projects listed on the platform such as …read more
Wu Jinglian: to solve environmental issues, China needs to change its development pattern
On June 5th, World Environment Day, the 6th annual SEE Ecology Awards (SEE生态奖) was held in Beijing. Award recipients included Chai Jing, the Environmental Protection Education Center of Shandong (山东省环境保护宣传教育中心), and Friends of Nature. Awards were granted to individuals and organizations that have recently taken actions to make a positive environmental change. Famous Chinese economist, Wu Jinglian, was also present at the Awards. He gave a short speech at the event that made some suggestions about what China and the public can do to help deal with environmental problems. He stated in his speech that the environmental issues that China is facing right now are closely related to China’s growing pattern and economic developing models. …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
Trial regulations require registered NGOs to establish “Party groups (党组)”
On May 29th, the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee passed the “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial) （中国共产党党组工作条例（试行））”. According to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (中国共产党章程), organizations such as central and local government agencies, people’s organizations (人民团体), businesses, cultural institutions, and other non-party organizations (非党组织）are allowed to establish Party groups (党组) within their organization. However the newly passed Regulations now states that a number of types of organizations – for the first time including registered NGOs (called “social organizations”, 社会组织）- are required to establish Party groups. The new regulations also removed the word “non-party” (非党组织). According to the Dongfang Daily, because NGOs (social organizations) are still …read more
“Springtime” for third-party evaluation of Chinese NGOs
On May 20th the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) clarified the general ideas, basic principles and strategic policies of the newly released “Suggestions for the Third-Party Evaluation of Social Organizations (关于探索建立社会组织第三方评估机制的指导意见)”. According to the Philanthropy Times, future evaluations would be improved by the Suggestions in four main areas: 1. Establishing third-party evaluation organizations will help perfect the process of evaluation. With the guidance of the newly released Suggestions, provinces would be able to evaluate social organizations more professionally and collect more accurate results for future reference. 2. The Suggestions confirm the basic principles of third-party evaluation, separating government involvement from social organizations, separating government management and evaluation from social organizations, and conducting …read more