Total annual donations in 2015 exceed 110 billion, individual donations rise to 7.5 billion
On November 29, the China Charity Federation issued the “2015 Annual Report on China’s Charitable Contributions” (hereinafter referred to as the Report) in Beijing. Drawing on nearly 110,000 entries of sample data, the Report makes an estimation of the total amount of domestic donations over the year and provides analysis on specific trends. According to the Report, China’s charitable donations have been on a steady rise and the annual total exceeded 110 billion RMB for the first time in 2015. The total amount of cash and material donations from both domestic and overseas sources reached 110.857 billion RMB, accounting for 0.16% of GDP, an increase of 6.631 billion RMB and 6.4% when compared with 2014. Domestic donations come mainly …read more
Milestone for public interest lawsuits as Chinese company fined for causing air pollution
On July 20, the Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Dezhou, Shandong Province, ordered the Jinghua Group Zhenhua Decoration Glass Limited Company to pay nearly 3.3 million dollars for its excessive emission of pollutants. More than a hundred tonnes of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and smoke dust were emitted, exceeding the maximum stipulated by regulations. The All-China Environmental Federation (ACEF), which brought up the lawsuit in March 2015, based the potential amount of damages on the offending company’s operating costs, with the hope that the case can provide a route to successful public interest litigation in the future. Ma Yong, the former deputy head of ACEF’s Environmental Legal Services …read more
Amendment passed to China’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law
An amendment to China’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law was passed in the beginning of July. The law originally went into effect in 2003, aiming to mitigate the damage that construction projects cause the environment and promote the coordinated development of the economy, society and nature. Although it has played a positive role in the prevention of pollution and ecological damage, some loopholes in the legislation have also made themselves evident over the 13 years it has been in place, and calls for a revision were longstanding. The amendment includes a couple of salient points. First of all, the administrative requirements for EIAs have been weakened. Before it was amended, the …read more
Draft of the Determination of Philanthropy Organizations Guide released for public consultation
In order to standardize the determination of philanthropic organizations and ensure the smooth implementation of China’s Charity Law, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has released a draft of the Determination of Philanthropic Organizations Law in order to collect public feedback. The draft was drawn up on the basis of reviewing practical experiences, conducting investigations, extensively collecting suggestions, and repeating studies and demonstrations. The draft and its full text are published so suggestions from all social sectors can be collected and the quality of the legislation can be further improved. The following three methods are available for any institutions or individual who has any suggestions for revision: Login to the website of the …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
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
New regulations on government procurement of services implemented
On January 1st 2015, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce jointly published the latest version of the “Provisional Measures on the Management of Government Procurement of Services”.
As a social organization, how do you make the government buy your services?
The goal of this article is to provide social organizations with tips on how to obtain funding from the government.
Social organizations must be “de-administratized” in order to be able to play their part
Yang Tuan, believes that social organizations need support in order to develop further. Most importantly, the government needs to release its grasp on the sector, and let the public welfare govern itself so that donors, fundraisers, and actors of the public welfare system can regain their rightful place and reach their full potential.