Keyword: Emergency/Disaster Relief

First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative

First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative

Aerial view of Gwadar, with the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center in the foreground.  On May 7, the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center opened in the southern Pakistani port city of Gwadar after receiving construction aid from the Red Cross Society of China. Gwadar is located at the southern end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a component of China’s much-publicised “One Belt and One Road” initiative. The economic corridor is an ambitious plan to link Western China with the Arabian Sea via massive infrastructure projects and special economic zones through Pakistan. The China-Pakistan First Aid Corridor is a subset of the project, aiming to provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance …read more

How does one Wrap up a 370 Million Yuan Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit?

How does one Wrap up a 370 Million Yuan Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit?

This article discusses the recent failure of an environmental public interest lawsuit initiated by two Chinese NGOs against some polluting companies in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. There are fears that the ruling against the two NGOs, that will now be forced to pay heavy legal expenses, may discourage other such lawsuits in the future.

Conference spurs discussion on Chinese foreign aid

On March 25, the “Beijing Cultural Review” and Nandu Watch jointly sponsored a convention on the history of China’s experience with foreign aid relief. Both professor Li Xiaoyun from China Agricultural University and Wang Xingzui, the executive vice president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, shared their opinions and experiences concerning foreign aid with the audience. Talking about the philosophical and theoretical differences between China and the western countries, Li Xiaoyun claimed that “foreign aid in western nations is the result of competitive politics”. He added that people in the West are afflicted with an urge to save those in other nations, whereas China views the welfare of another society …read more

Report questions the use of donations for the Wenchuan Earthquake

It has been revealed in a recent report by Netease that out of the 65.2 billion yuan that were donated following the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, only 15.1 billion yuan, or 23.16% of the total, has been publicly accounted for. Clear information on the use of the remaining 50.1 billion yuan has never been made publicly available, and even the money’s sources cannot be verified. In its wake, the dreadful Wenchuan Earthquake inspired a national fervour for donating to charities. Some charitable organisations lack the capability to manage large amounts of money and supplies however, causing a lot of problems and inefficiencies. Questioned on their activities by the general public, such organisations …read more

Chinese foundation aids the victims of Ecuador earthquake

Chinese foundation aids the victims of Ecuador earthquake

Following the recent earthquake in Ecuador, the Amity Foundation has worked with the Taiwan Cross-Straits Christian Association, the Andrew Charity Association and other charity organisations and philanthropists in Hong Kong in order to provide assistance. This is the first time that civil society groups from the Mainland and Taiwan cooperate in overseas assistance, marking a milestone in cross-strait civil society cooperation. According to the official figures from Ecuador, 659 people are known to have died in the quake, with 40 people still missing and 29,067 resettled by the 26th of April. On the 28th April, with the assistance of the Ecuadorian Chinese Federation and Yathay (a city in Ecuador), the Amity …read more

Chinese Civil Society: the Top Ten News Stories of 2015

Chinese Civil Society: the Top Ten News Stories of 2015

CDB’s list of the top ten news stories in the NGO sector from the last twelve months

Jimen Strategic Forum on Chinese NGOs “going out”

The recent tragic Nepal earthquake has been a big test for China’s NGOs, with it representing their first large-scale participation in foreign humanitarian assistance. As more and more Chinese NGOs reach out to the world, the Jimen Strategic Forum (蓟门决策论坛) recently held a special session on Chinese NGOs “going out”. Xingzui Wang, deputy Director of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, attended the forum and points out that although Chinese government and business have invested over 665 billion US dollars in 184 countries, most of the contracts are construction related and has little to do with community development. According to Wang it is crucial to establish a healthy trilateral relationship among government, businesses, and NGOs in …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

Are Chinese NGOs in Nepal “lonely islands”?

A China Youth Daily article describes Chinese NGOs that took part in the Nepal earthquake relief effort as “lonely islands (孤岛)”. It acknowledges that the earthquake represented an important opportunity for Chinese NGOs to learn and participate in international collaborations, but says that their lack of experience and preparation limited their effectiveness. According to the article, the China NGO Consortium for Nepal Earthquake 2015 (CNC-Nepal) didn’t work as well as expected. Chinese NGOs established the CNC-Nepal platform to share information and experiences with one another in order to respond efficiently. However when the Chinese NGOs arrived in Nepal they were faced with three major problems: communication problems, transportation difficulties, and a lack of local guides. These caused …read more

Four characteristics of China’s response to the Nepal earthquake

According to a report on Chinese Nepal earthquake fundraising released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), China donated a total of 2.38 billion RMB worth of money and supplies to Nepal. The Journal of the CPPCC (人民政协报) analysed the report and summarised the four characteristics of China’s response to the Nepal earthquake as: 1. Government donations exceeded half the total donations According to the MOCA report 55% of the fundraising contributions came from the Chinese government while 24% were from social organizations. 2. Public fundraising According to the same report, the most popular method for donating for Nepal by public was through different online donating platforms. More than 530,000 people have donated a total of …read more

Learning from Nepal: Part Two of an Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

Learning from Nepal: Part Two of an Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

The second half of CDB’s interview with Jock Baker, an independent consultant commissioned by The Asia Foundation to analyse and share the experiences of Chinese NGOs participating in the Nepal earthquake relief effort

Learning from Nepal: An Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

Learning from Nepal: An Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker

CDB’s Tom Bannister talks to Jock Baker, an independent consultant commissioned by The Asia Foundation to analyse and share the experiences of Chinese NGOs participating in the Nepal earthquake relief effort

Report on Chinese Nepal earthquake fundraising released by CCIC

The China Charity Information Centre (CCIC), an information platform set up by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2006, yesterday released a comprehensive report on Chinese fundraising for the relief effort after the May 25th Nepal earthquake. According to the report, China had raised 238.01 million yuan (including goods converted into money) for the Nepal earthquake relief until May 12th. The government accounted for about 55% of the money raised with 114 million yuan in total and organizational donations amounted to 49.88 million yuan (about 24% of the total amount), of which the tourism industry and religious groups contributed significantly. The internet also played a big role in the fundraising activities according to the …read more

Survey shows almost 70% support Chinese NGO participation in international humanitarian relief

A survey on the Nepal earthquake relief effort was conducted recently by China Philanthropy Times together with Sina Gonyi and Wenjuan.com. The survey was carried out from May 6 to May 11 and 1106 internet users participated. The results show that nearly 40% of the participants were willing to donate their money to non-profit organizations such as foundations. One thing worth noting is that the public were more focused on the accountability of fundraising activities than in previous surveys; nearly half of the participants said they would do some background research before giving money to a charitable organization, and about 23% of them would even follow how the money would be used by …read more

Information sharing has helped Chinese NGOs work together in Nepal

  The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal and Tibet on April 25th has prompted many Chinese NGOs to react swiftly and collectively in what could be the first large-scale cooperation between Chinese NGOs in international disaster relief. While many Chinese NGOs have sent their rescue teams to the earthquake-stricken areas, the Zhuoming Disaster Information Center (卓明灾害信息服务中心), a volunteer organization that was set up after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and specializing in processing disaster-related information and coordinating resources, stayed in China to serve as an important supporting force for those working on the frontline. Hao Nan, director of Zhuoming, has been working with his team day and night for about two weeks now since …read more

First major cooperation between Chinese NGOs in international disaster relief

In this China Youth Daily article, the One Foundation, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), China Women’s Development Foundation in China are praised for being among the quickest Chinese NGOs to respond after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. The article says that the active participation and quick response of Chinese NGOs after the earthquake is a positive sign for the development of the Chinese civil society. Chinese NGOs started to form disaster relief cooperative mechanisms after Lushan earthquake(April 20, 2013). During the time of Ludian earthquake (August 3, 2014), 20 NGOs got together and launched a disaster relief cooperation platform. But, the article points out, Chinese NGOs …read more

The One Foundation’s first 72 hours in Nepal

The first 72 hours are the most critical in earthquake relief. The One Foundation were well aware of that and had sent 3 rescue teams to Nepal, and 4 to Tibet within 72 hours after a deadly earthquake struck the Himalayas region. By April 28th there were already 26 people from the foundation working on the frontline of earthquake relief in Nepal and Tibet. As of April 28th, the foundation had raised more than 11.22 million yuan for the relief work in Nepal and Tibet, of which 2.55 millon were from businesses and other groups and 8.67 million were from the public. The Tencent Foundation and Dunhe Foundation were among the groups …read more

The China NGO Consortium for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

On the night of April 25 right after a 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, the Disaster Relief Coordinating Alliance of Foundations (基金会救灾协调会) convened an emergency meeting with Beijing Normal University, during which the Chinese NGO Coordinating Center for the 4.25 Nepal Earthquake (尼泊尔4·25地震中国社会组织应急响应协调中心) was established. The Center was renamed the China NGO Consortium for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake (or CNC-Nepal) (信息协同平台) during the second session of the meeting. Aside from the members of the Disaster Relief Coordinating Alliance of Foundations, CNC-Nepal also included other Chinese NGOs and international organizations that had participated in or paid close attention to the earthquake relief. The second meeting was convened by China Foundation for Poverty …read more