Keyword: Governance

China to reform regulations on social organisations

On August 21, the General Office of the Communist Party of China (GOCPC) and the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (GOSCPRC) jointly issued a document entitled ‘Opinions on the Reform of the Regulations on Social Organisation to Promote a Sound and Orderly Development”. The document, which will act as a de facto guideline, reaffirms the role of social organisations in social development, and requires a series of reforms. It stresses their strategic importance and urgency, as the “sound and orderly development of social organisations” helps improve the socialist market economy, consolidate the CPC’s governing foundation, promote public services and stimulate social vitality. The document …read more

Doing Charity in China's Poshest Neighbourhood

Doing Charity in China’s Poshest Neighbourhood

What is it like to conduct charity work in China’s most fancy and cosmopolitan neighbourhood? This article reviews the development of community organizations in Beijing’s Sanlitun sub-district.

Committee of 100 Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium held in Beijing

The Committee of 100 Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium was held in Beijing on the 8th of July 2016. The Committee of 100 is a membership organization of prominent Chinese Americans dedicated to serving as a bridge between the cultures and systems of China and America. One of its dual missions is to promote constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China. This year’s symposium in Beijing was commissioned by the United Nation Secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, so that it can help launch the United Nations Global Charity Program in China. Over 100 guests attended the Symposium, including the Former British Prime Minister Gordon …read more

State council sets up work group on the government purchase of public services

It was announced by the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China on June 27th that the State Council has decided to set up a Work Group on Government Purchases of Public Services. Zhang Gaoli (the Vice-Premier of the State Council) will serve as the director of the Work Group, and Lou Jiwei (Minister of Finance) and Ding Xiangyang (Vice Secretary of the State Council) will serve as the associate directors. “Government purchase of public services” refers to government contracts with social groups and agencies that take part of the government’s role upon themselves and provide designated social services to the public under a market mechanism. …read more

Illegal use of 151 million yuan in poverty alleviation funds reported

On June 29, Liu Jiayi, the Auditor-General of the National Auditing Office of the People’s Republic of China reported to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on the 2015 national audit and government budget. Although both central and local government agencies have deepened their awareness of economic reform, some areas are still not legally regulated. The use of poverty alleviation funding is one of them. The National Auditing Office selected a sample of 40 counties in 17 provinces which received 10.998 billion yuan of poverty alleviation funding between 2013 and 2015. The auditors found that funds for 151 million yuan had been illegally used or anonymously withdrawn. In …read more

Interpreting the Main Regulations of the Overseas NGO Law

Interpreting the Main Regulations of the Overseas NGO Law

Chinese Law Professor Jin Jinping clarifies questions on the main regulations of the INGO law to facilitate the correct interpretation and implementation of the law.

Lawyers' Tips for INGOs: How to Conduct Future Activities in Mainland China

Lawyers’ Tips for INGOs: How to Conduct Future Activities in Mainland China

In this article two NGO lawyers set out to answer some of the most common questions on how China’s new Overseas NGO Law will affect the cooperation between international and Chinese NGOs and the activities of overseas NGOs in China.

Revised Regulations on Foundation Management released online for public consultation

Revised Regulations on Foundation Management released online for public consultation

The  draft of the Revised Regulations on the Management of Foundations has been published on the Ministry of Civil Affairs website for public consultation. The content of the Draft is displayed on the website in full. There are three ways to send your comment to the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China: 1. Visit the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (http://www.mca.gov.cn), click Feedback (互动), go down to the public consultation section (征求意见), click the link to Draft Regulation on Foundation Management, and submit your comment online. 2. Write an email to zcfgs@mca.gov.cn 3. Write a letter and send it to the Legislative Affairs Commission …read more

IFAW praises China for completely prohibiting imports of African ivory

IFAW praises China for completely prohibiting imports of African ivory

  (Beijing, China, March 23, 2016) According to an announcement by China’s State Forestry Administration, China will extend the validity of the prohibition on importing African ivory carvings and monuments presented in the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 2015. The period of this prohibition will commence on March 20, 2016 and continue until December 31, 2019. The Chinese government has also made an interim decision to prohibit the import of ivory and derived products before the commencement date of the CITES. These decisions have earned the praise of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW, www.ifaw.org.cn). In order to save endangered elephants, China has destroyed …read more

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing

May 22 marks both International Day for Biological Diversity and the 60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves in China. These two occasions were highlighted by a conference held in Beijing by seven government departments, including China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). 600 representatives from the state and local governments participated in the conference. A document released by the MEP during the conference shows that there are currently 2740 nature reserves in China, covering 1,470,000 square kilometers. They occupy 14.83% of China’s total land area, which is higher than the world average. Over 90% of the different kinds of land ecosystem in the country, 89% of endangered species of …read more

Law on overseas NGOs to come into force in January

On April 28th, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved the People’s Republic of China’s Law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs within Mainland China with 147 votes in favour, 1 contrary vote and 1 abstention. The law will come into force on the 1st of January 2017. As the first ever law of its kind in China, it will clarify the registration process and regulate the activities and operations of all foreign NGOs active within Mainland China. The approval comes at the end of a long legislative process, which includes the issuing of two draft versions of the law, the second of which was open …read more

Selling a Foundation’s Products through Marketing Promotion

Selling a Foundation’s Products through Marketing Promotion

A young project officer from a foundation in Shanxi Province gives an interview about her work, and explains how her previous experience allowed her to find ways to apply marketing techniques to the charity sector.

Xinhua: Draft law on overseas NGOs submitted for third reading

According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, the draft of the overseas NGO law (see here for CDB’s translation of the second draft of the Law) was submitted for its third reading on Monday to the bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which runs from Monday to Thursday. The NPC Law Committee suggested in a review report that the bill should be put for a vote at this session. Xinhua reported that lawmakers held panel discussions to review the bill on Monday afternoon, joined by Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. According to a press release issued after the discussions, they agreed …read more

The General Office of the State Council issues the 2016 Legislative Work Plan

The 2016 Legislative Work Plan has been issued by the General Office of the State Council. The specific work plan is divided into four parts, including urgent projects that are essential for comprehensively deepening reform (全面深化改革急需的项目), projects that should be finished this year (力争年内完成的项目), preparatory projects (预备项目) and research projects (研究项目). While the Charity Law has been enacted, the revision of regulations that do not match the Law and the drafting of supporting policies have not followed up. The 2016 Legislative Work Plan includes some work plans related to the Charity Law. The urgent projects included cover Regulations on Volunteer Services (志愿服务条例),Regulations on Foundation Administration (基金会管理条例),Regulations on the Registration and Administration …read more

CDB's Translation of The Charity Law of the People's Republic of China

CDB’s Translation of The Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China

CDB’s translation of the Charity Law of People’s Republic of China

Legislations for Foreign NGOs; how will the second boot land?

Legislations for Foreign NGOs; how will the second boot land?

Tsinghua University professor Jia Xijin discusses the possible consequences of the soon to be approved “Overseas NGOs Management Law” on China’s non-profit sector, and provides some recommendations.

“Interpretation and Application of the Charity Law” published by the People’s Publishing House

The book (《中华人民共和国慈善法解读与应用》) was officially published by the People’s Publishing House(人民出版社) on the 5th of April.

CDB releases the English translation of the new Charity Law

On the 16th of March, the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China was passed by the fourth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress with 2636 pros, 131 cons, and 83 abstentions. The Law will come into force in September. It had been eagerly (and anxiously) awaited by the whole of China’s philanthropic sector. As the first law of its kind, it will clarify the definition of charitable activities and regulate the establishment and operation of charity organizations and the sources and use of charitable property and services. The process of creating the Charity Law has been long and drawn out, lasting a total of eleven years. Two drafts were …read more