“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
“Asia’s biggest rainbow flag” paraded through Chinese university campus
On last week’s International Day Against Homophobia, Sun Yat-Sen University’s students organized an event to parade the rainbow flag to support LGBTQ groups on campus and kick-off Guangzhou’s gay pride month. The student publication Edaily at SYSU interviewed the event organizers and participants. According to participants at the parade, the event was organized through WeChat. Participants each received individual messages about details of the event. Participants weren’t limited to SYSU students and many came from nearby schools. Both students who identify themselves as LGBTQ and students who don’t, were actively involved in this event. Many non-LGBTQ participants expressed their willingness to show support and respect by taking part in the event. Participants …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Duan Tao of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation
An Interview with Duan Tao, Secretary General of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Zhai Yan, Founder of Huizeren
An interview with Zhai Yan, founder of Huizeren, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
New regulation encourages private investment in elderly care sector
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published a new law on its website on February 25, 2015, titled “Notice on Opinions upon Encouraging Private Capital to Invest in Elderly Care Industry”(关于鼓励民间资本参与养老服务业发展的实施意见). It was issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with nine other government departments. According to the document, the government will encourage private investment in the elderly care service industry to help with its aging population. Non-governmental investors are encouraged to run elderly care facilities, including nursing homes and recreational centers. They can also cooperate with the government to form joint ventures to build and develop facilities for senior citizens.Tax incentives, favorable land-use policies, and other preferential policies for elderly …read more
Chi Fulin: Return “social organisations” to society
In this article, Chi Fulin, head of the China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD), writes that the development of social organizations has aroused independent society and widespread participation but there is still the need to construct an appropriate system. For Chi, social organizations can provide a link between government and individuals, develop societal life, public morals, and altruism. Chi suggests five aspects of social governance that social organizations should provide. Firstly, social service providers should be able to effectively receive public service. Secondly, participants in social management should actively promote public governance. Thirdly, spokespeople for public causes should realistically represent the aspirations of the masses. Fourthly, those who safeguard …read more
As a social organization, how do you make the government buy your services?
The goal of this article is to provide social organizations with tips on how to obtain funding from the government.
Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas
In this article, the author analyzes the obstacles NGOs working in ethnic minority areas have to overcome in order to operate and develop.
What’s the relationship between migrant children and “left-behind children”?
This article explores the relationship between two phenomena in China, the children of migrants who have moved with their parents from rural areas to cities to find work (liudong ertong) and ‘left-behind children’ whose parents have moved to cities for work but have left them in rural areas (liushou ertong).
The New Lei Fengs: From Sacrifice to Win-Win?
CDB’s Tom Bannister introduces some of the themes that emerged from his research into Chinese NGO volunteerism, including the re-definition of volunteering and the impact of changed social values on volunteerism.
Beijing plans to build elderly care centres in every residential district
240 million Yuan of government money and 2 billion of social capital will be invested in this project. But Prof. Lu Jiehua of Peking University says that long-term nursing insurance needs to enter the social insurance system to be effective.
Banning drugs: what are grassroots NGOs doing?
the Philanthropy Times interviews three persons involved in the NGOs working with drug addicts and tells their stories.
Anti-Drug Social Work Practices in Shenzhen
June 26 marked the International Day against Drug Abuse and anti-drug publicity and campaigns have been carried out throughout China. State regulations have recently expressed support of community organizations participating in drug treatment services.
Southern Metropolis Daily – Registered NGOs in Guangzhou can apply for grants of up to 100,000 RMB
Registered NGOs in Guangzhou can apply for grants of up to 100,000 RMB NGO最多可申请10万元 Southern Metropolis Daily (南方都市报), September 5, 2013 Guangzhou NGOs can now apply for grants of up to 100,000 RMB from a new, two million yuan fund. The money, called the ‘Accompanying Growth’ fund, is administered by the city’s Charities Association and is composed of donations that have not been designated for a specific use. It is intended to subsidise projects run by NGOs that have independent legal identities and are legally registered in the city. Its main focus is on helping those organisations that take part in the Guangzhou Charity Project Promotion Association. Each organisation is …read more
The Role of NGOs in an Uncertain Policy Environment for Migrant Schools
CDB Staff Writer Li Simin examines Beijing’s uncertain policy environment for private migrant schools, and the role that NGOs continue to play in providing services to migrant children and families in these difficult times.