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.
A human resource system for Beijing’s 7500 social organizations
he Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau announced plans to establish a human resource system for the 120,000 full-time staff working in the city’s 7,500 plus social organizations.
Major charitable projects should be audited and the results made public
In an effort to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public welfare sector, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a Notice which calls for major charitable projects to be audited after their completion, and the results of the audit made public.
Government Procurement Promotes Social Work Agencies
The following is a dense but very interesting article on a cutting-edge trend in China: the flowering of nonprofit (and some for-profit) social work agencies that are appearing in Chinese cities with the support of government funding and support
Participatory Governance: An Interview with Song Qinghua
The following is an interview with Song Qinghua, director of the Beijing-based Shining Stone, one of China’s leading NGOs in the field of participatory community governance.
Lowering the threshold: Foshan NGOs no longer have difficulty finding a “mother-in-law”
This article reports on recent announced changes in Foshan city’s management of social organizations.