View from the Media: Fire and Ice
As a supplement to CDB’s Weekly Civil Society News feature, we are launching View from the Media, a weekly column which will summarize and provide analysis of some of the major stories concerning civil society that appear in the Chinese media.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 12: A New Dawn After the 18th Party Congress?
After the 18th Party Congress, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, who have been anointed to become the new president and premier respectively made a number of public appearances that gave observers some optimism that the new leadership will be supportive of reforms strengthening China’s civil society, but we will have to wait and see if they follow up with actions, and not just words.
Liberating the Capabilities of Social Organizations (Ten Years of Growth)
This article by the Communist Party’s mouthpiece reviews the progress made by social organizations over the last decade.
The Culture of China’s Environmental Movement
A group of young environmentalists offer a critical examination of what they see as the shortcomings of the current environmental movement in China.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 9: Meet Your Local Social Affairs Committee
October has been a pretty quiet month as we approach the 18th Party Congress which is now scheduled to start on November 8.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 8: Grassroots NGOS Have a Long Way to Go
The news coming out this last month illustrates just how much the playing field is stacked against grassroots NGOs, even as reforms are carried out at the local level that in theory will make life easier for them by lowering barriers to registration and expanding government contracting to NGOs.
Labor NGO Growing Pains: the Government Should Regulate and Guide Labor Groups , September 3, 2012
More news comes out about the repression of labor NGOs in Shenzhen which started this February and has already affected more than 10 groups.
The basic goal of China’s public institution reform: promoting the development of the public service sector
This article reports on the completion of the first stage of China’s reform of its public institutions (sometimes referred to as public service units)
POLICY BRIEF NO. 6: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?
This month saw more policy changes emanating from the provincial governments in Beijing and Guangdong as the central and local governments adopt various partial measures in the absence of more up-to-date, comprehensive, national laws and regulations.
The media discusses social organization management: “untying” is not the same as relaxing
This article published by the Communist Party’s mouthpiece reflects one important official position on the management of social organizations. It notes that there are now several experiments ongoing in China (e.g. Shenzhen and Beijing) that will allow social organizations to register directly without a professional supervisory unit. It also notes that in the past, supervisory units were not always consistent in their work. Sometimes they were too lax, other times too strict. It warns that the government should take seriously its role in managing social organizations to better develop the sector and ensure that these organizations act according to the law. In other words, “untying” these organizations by allowing them …read more
NGOs not registered with Civil Affairs will have difficulty getting funding from foundations
On April 26, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued “Some Regulations Concerning the Standardization of Foundation Behavior (Trial Implementation)” for public comment. In response, around 30 foundations came together to present their opinions on the regulations.
From NGOs to Governmental Organizations
In another social management innovation in Guangdong, the Nanhai District of Foshan City announced they would invite NGO personnel to participate in the election of 19 cadres at the vice section level (fukeji)
The CFPA and the Third Anniversary of the Wenchuan Earthquake
This is one of several articles on NGO responses to disasters that we are making available in commemoration of the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 4: Coopting Chinese NGOs?
Several news articles during this period offer a more sobering assessment of developments in the nonprofit sector, or the “charitable” or “public welfare” sector as it is commonly referred to in the Chinese press and official documents. These articles highlight an effort by the Chinese government to maintain close ties to, and control over, social organizations
NGOCN’s Financial Incident
This article reveals one of the negative aspects of the NGO sector in China, as well as in other countries: financial mismanagement. It profiles NGOCN, a popular information-sharing and networking NGO website based originally in Kunming but which has since relocated to Guangzhou.