Keyword: Governance

The Draft of the Charity Law specifies regulations concerning fundraising activities

The Draft of the Charity Law has specified the entities of fundraising activities, which was of widespread public concern.

Victims seek help on the first day the Domestic Violence Law takes effect

On the first day of formal implementation of the Domestic Violence Law, Wu Juan went straight to the People’s Court to apply for the protection order of domestic violence, for the reason of beating and threatening she suffered from her husband.

State Council revises the administrative regulations for the registration of social organizations

The State Council revised the “Regulation on Registration and Administration of Social Organizations”, and the new version is already enforced.

Revision of the Charity Law to be a focal point of China’s “two sessions” in 2016

The revision of the Charity Law has become one of the focal point the 2016 two sessions

Xinhua News: China’s seven-year plastic bag ban has saved 8.4 million tons of oil

China’s plastic bag ban launched in 2008 has successfully cut 1.4 million tons of plastic bag production, which equals to saving 8.4 million tons of oil

First guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project released in Chengdu

The first “Charity Chengdu” forum, jointly hosted by the Chengdu Municipal Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party and the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of Sichuan, was held in Chengdu on the 1st of February. The forum’s theme was “seeking a creative and standardized development”. During the event, the attending guests took part in a round-table on the themes of innovative entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, discussing the opportunities for social organizations to take part in the management of Chengdu, which is an international metropolis. In addition the first operational guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project, jointly launched by the Chengdu Xin Min Social Organization Development …read more

A lawsuit on air pollution put on record in Shandong

Friends of Nature (FON) filed a lawsuit for air pollution against the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited on the 19th of January. The lawsuit was put on record in the Intermediate People’s Court of Dongying city, Shandong Province, following the Civil Procedure Law, the new Environmental Protection Law and the Law on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution which only came into effect this year. FON learned from public reports that the emissions of air pollutants by the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited continually exceeded the standards, and its air pollution improvement facilities were continually used in an abnormal way. Furthermore, the Corporation’s online monitoring equipment was not reliable and would …read more

Minister of Civil Affairs attends the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015

Minister of Civil Affairs attends the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015

The Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015, hosted by the China Charity Association, was held in Beijing on the 19th of January. The vice chairman of the 11th Standing Committee of the NPC Chen Zhili, the Minister of Civil Affairs and the president of the China Charity Association Li Liguo, the representatives of government departments and universities across the country and another 300 guests attended the conference, discussing topical issues in philanthropy. The conference included the inaugural meeting of the academic committee and a seminar on building a favorable charitable tax system, followed by a gala with the theme of “the power of charity”. During the gala, the accomplishments of the Chinese charity …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

The professionalization of the NGO sector: waiting for the next five years

The professionalization of the NGO sector: waiting for the next five years

Tao Ran recounts the last five years, sharing his observations on the professionalization of the Chinese NGO sector and describing his personal efforts to become a professional in this sector, from his work at the site of a drastic earthquake to his job in a foundation

Unified Social Credit Code Registration Certificates issued to Social Organizations

Unified Social Credit Code Registration Certificates issued to Social Organizations

On January 4th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs held a ceremony to mark the issuing of a unified credit code (Unicode) for social organizations in China. Gu Zhaoxi, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Shan Chengfu, the director of the Civil Administration Bureau, attended the ceremony and issued the certificates. From now on all social organizations will receive their unique 18 digit unicode, allowing them to have just one certificate. The new system will simplify procedures for social organizations and further invigorate them. By strengthening the digital management of social organizations’ credit information, it can also help promote information sharing and exchange between social organizations. This reform …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs reinforces management of special funds

On December 31th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released a document entitled “Notice on the Further Reinforcement of the Management of Foundations’ Special Funds”. The Notice questions some foundations’ over-enthusiastic drive to expand the number and scope of their special funds, and a lack of supervision and management of their operations. Many problems have thus emerged: some special funds operate as independent organizations; some neglect transparency; some deviate from their purposes; some disregard the needs of donors and beneficiaries; and some even seek profit for individuals and corporations. The Notice requires foundations to conduct a strict supervision over their special funds to ensure compliance with their organizational aims and purposes, …read more

Report on China’s Evaluation of Social Organizations released in Shanghai

The Non-governmental Organization Administration Bureau and the Civil Service Center of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Social Sciences Academic Press jointly released a blue book entitled Report on The Development of China’s Social Organizations Evaluation 2015 (《中国社会组织评估发展报告(2015)》蓝皮书) in Shanghai. The report points out that 99 national social organizations have been evaluated as level 3A and above, accounting for 85% of the 116 organizations that received an actual assessment in 2014. The Industry and Business Association of China continuously takes active part in these assessments and offers an evaluation coverage rate of over 50%, playing an increasingly large role in promoting the healthy development of non-governmental organizations. …read more

Second draft of the Charity Law: no geographic limitations on online fundraising

A new version of the Charity Law draft is tabled for a reading at the on-going 18th Session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, taking place in Beijing from December 21st to the 27th. Compared to previous drafts, this version has removed the geographic limitations on online fundraising, and increased tax benefits for charitable organizations. An earlier draft was submitted at the 17th Session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee a month ago. The lawmakers have since held several seminars to collect feedback from legal experts, scholars and charitable organizations. The geographic limitations on online, TV and broadcast fundraising in the first draft were widely considered to be unnecessary and difficult to …read more

New Domestic Violence Law draft sent to the NPC

On December 21, a second draft of the Domestic Violence Law was sent to the National People’s Congress (NPC), bringing the law one step closer to being passed. The first version was sent to the NPC in August this year, and was made available for public comments. In response to feedback from both experts and the public, the new draft features two significant improvements over its predecessor regarding the scope of the law’s coverage and its protection orders. The definition of domestic violence in the new draft is extended to psychological harm between family members, while the previous draft only covered physical infractions. The new draft also includes violence between unmarried cohabiting couples, rather than merely …read more

Floating bridges: the disadvantaged position of fund-granting officers

Floating bridges: the disadvantaged position of fund-granting officers

In this article Nan Yizhi, a young project officer, describes herself as being a bridge connecting grassroot NGOs on the one side and grant-making foundations on the other. The limitations and problems of the sector render both sides unstable, and the bridge is thus in a disadvantaged position.

Ministry of Civil Affairs announces results of annual inspection of foundations (second round)

Following a notice in July announcing the results of its first-round inspection of foundations, the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) recently released another notice (Notice No.365) making public the results of its second-round inspection in 2014. According to the Notice, the annual inspection was conducted in accordance with the Regulation on the Administration of Foundations (基金会管理条例) and Measures for the Annual Inspection of Foundations (基金会年度检查办法). There were 62 foundations involved in this round of examination, of which 45 was up to standard (合格), 10 barely passed (基本合格), and 7 failed (不合格). The Notice also reminds the foundations on the list to go the NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of …read more

List of candidates to receive the title of National Outstanding Social Organizations released

On December 1st, the NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs publically released the list of candidates for the title of National Outstanding Social Organizations. This title is the highest honor which the Chinese goverment can bestow upon a social organization. The 298 social organizations, private non-enterprise units, and foundations on the list will be awarded the title if no objections are raised during the 7-day public display period starting from December 1st. According to the Bureau, this title is to confirm the positive contributions of social organizations to the “Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy” (“四个全面”战略布局), further stimulate the activities of social organizations, and guide their healthy and orderly development. For the …read more