MOCA explains social organizations’ GDP statistics
On July 30th, Caixin News reported that, according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for the Third Sector’s report, the official GDP data of social organizations is far less than the actual data. An official from Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) later did an interview with Caixin explaining the differences between the numbers, and also confirmed that there might be errors in the raw data that had been announced.
Ministry of Civil Affairs announces initial results of annual inspection of foundations
The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) recently released a notice (Notice No.351) announcing the results of its 2014 inspection on foundations (first round). 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 134 foundations involved in the first round of examination, of which 120 was up to standard (合格), 12 barely passed (基本合格), and 2 failed (不合格). The Notice also reminds the foundations on the list to go the NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (民间组织管理局) within 30 days of the announcement to have their registration …read more
2014 human rights white paper released by State Council
On June 8, the Information Office of the State Council released a White Paper titled “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2014” (2014年中国人权事业的进展). This is the 12th White Paper on human rights released by the Chinese government since 1991. The White Paper covers a wide range of human rights developments in 2014 including the right to development, the right to a fair trial, personal rights, democratic rights, environmental rights, rights of women, children, the elderly, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, and international cooperation and exchanges in human rights field.
Overseas NGO Management Law not included in latest deliberation of NPC Standing Committee
The General Office of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) has announced that it will hold a press conference on July 1st. According to a notice on the official site of the NPC, the NPC Standing Committee has been deliberating drafts of the ‘National Security Law’ and the ‘Decision on Implementing Oath of Office to Uphold the Constitution (全国人大常委会关于实行宪法宣誓制度的决定草案)’ from June 24th to July 1st. If both drafts are passed, the press conference will invite Han Xiaowu, the vice secretary of the the Standing Committee of the NPC, and Zheng Shuna, the deputy-director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee to answer questions about both laws. …read more
Over 60% believe Hukou system causes China’s left-behind children problem
What are the best solutions to solve the left-behind children problems? China Philanthropy Times asked people their opinion on the possible solutions.
Xu Yongguang (徐永光) given position at State Council’s Counselors’ Office
The Narada Foundation reports that on May 29th 2015, the Counselors’ Office of the State Council (国务院参事室) offered Xu Yongguang, director general of the Narada Foundation, a position as a research fellow (特约研究员). His contract will be for 3 years. Xu Yongguang is the founder of the China Youth Development Foundation and Project Hope. He has been working in the field of Chinese public welfare for 25 years and has contributed a lot to the development of Chinese grassroots charity.
China’s Long Road to the Charity Law
Cheng Fen from the China Philanthropy Research Institute takes a detailed look at the prolonged drafting of China’s “Charity Law”
Strategies for the Internationalization of Chinese NGOs: A Study by Huang Haoming
Executive Director of CANGO, Huang Haoming, summarises his research on the internationalization of Chinese NGOs, analysing current challenges, making policy recommendations, and viewing the participation of NGOs in China’s overseas aid as an opportunity to enhance Chinese soft power
Council on Foundations and ICNL hold conference call on overseas NGO law
On Wednesday last week, the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) organized a conference call on China’s Draft Law on Management of Overseas NGOs. Over 130 people joined the call, which discussed how the proposed legislation would impact US organisations running projects in China. Several experts took part in the call including Professor Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as staff members of US foundations and the Council of Foundations. The Council on Foundations is preparing its comments on the legislation which will be submitted to the legislating authorities before the deadline. Both the ICNL and the Council on Foundations advise that …read more
CDB English Translation of The Overseas NGO Management Law (Second Draft)
CDB has translated the second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law, which has just been released for public consultation
Draft overseas NGO law released online for public consultation
The second draft of the law that will bring sweeping new regulations to cover the activities of foreign NGOs in China has been put on the NPC website for public consultation. The “People’s Republic of China Foreign NGO Management Law (Draft Second Draft)”, which emerged out of discussions at the 14th session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, is displayed on the website in full. Comments about the draft can be made via the NPC website or by posting to the address listed below. The deadline for comments is the 4th June.
Draft ‘Measures for Public Participation in Environmental Protection’ released to solicit public opinion
As China’s air pollution continues to worsen, the “Measures for Public Participation in Environmental Protection (Provisional)” (Opinion-soliciting Draft), released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection on April 13, has become a center of public attention. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the draft was put forward to implement the provisions of the revised “Environmental Protection Law” special chapter on information disclosure and public participation, and to advance the orderly development of public participation. The draft is the first comprehensive document on public participation released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. It emphasizes the role of environmental departments in environmental protection activities, and places great importance on public hearings before making …read more
China’s pollution hotline received more than a hundred complaints in November
There were 141 complaints filed in November, 2014 via the tip-off hotline 12369, 114 of which were verified, said China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in a circular Wednesday. According to the ministry’s tally, the chemical industry received the most complaints of any sector, 39 tip-offs in total. It was followed by manufacturing and processing with 24 tip-offs and non-metal mineral product with 19 tip-offs. The four provinces received the most complaints were: Hubei(16), Guangdong(14), Shangdong(13), Henan(13). Air pollution was the number one cause of complaints, followed by sound and water pollution. Even though all the verified cases have been dealt with by local departments of environmental protection according to …read more
Zhou Qiang: threshold for environmental lawsuits will be lowered
The Supreme Court encourages environmental organizations to bring public interest lawsuits, and it will lower the threshold for such lawsuits, Zhou Qiang, chief justice and president of China’s highest court, said during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia. Zhou also said that the Supreme Court will try its best to put an end to government intervention in environmental protection lawsuits. “The inclusion of public interest lawsuits in the environmental law was a great breakthrough in terms of environmental protection legislation. Bringing public interest lawsuits is not only a great way for the public to participate in the cause of environmental protection, it’s also beneficial to the advancement of judicial democracy” …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Huang Haoming, Executive Director of CANGO
An interview with Huang Haoming, Executive Director of CANGO, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
Charity law set to be reviewed by the NPC this year
The opinion-soliciting draft of the Charity Law [慈善事业法草案征求意见稿] was prepared in February and is ready to be reviewed by the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the end of this year, said Wang Shengming, director of the Committee for Internal and Judicial Affairs of the NPC, during a press conference for the third session of China’s 12th NPC. The draft addresses in detail the management of charitable assets and the disclosure of information. Wang said at the press conference that there are two reasons why China’s charitable donations, compared to its GDP, are relatively small: Firstly, China’s traditional definition of charity was restricted to the areas of poverty alleviation and disaster relief even …read more
New regulation encourages private investment in elderly care sector
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published a new law on its website on February 25, 2015, titled “Notice on Opinions upon Encouraging Private Capital to Invest in Elderly Care Industry”(关于鼓励民间资本参与养老服务业发展的实施意见). It was issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with nine other government departments. According to the document, the government will encourage private investment in the elderly care service industry to help with its aging population. Non-governmental investors are encouraged to run elderly care facilities, including nursing homes and recreational centers. They can also cooperate with the government to form joint ventures to build and develop facilities for senior citizens.Tax incentives, favorable land-use policies, and other preferential policies for elderly …read more