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Li Keqiang's annual work report touches upon civil society

Li Keqiang’s annual work report touches upon civil society

As every year, premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report to the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 5. His report touched on various topics of relevance to civil society, including social work, the management of social organizations, poverty alleviation, community governance, institutional reform, child welfare protection and care for the elderly. Below we have summarized some of the most relevant points. Li Keqiang’s report stressed the need to push for the sound development of the public welfare sector, as a follow-up to the implementation of the Charity Law in September 2016. A series of related policies will continue …read more

China’s Implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law

China’s Implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law

In this piece Tsinghua University professor Jia Xijin takes a look at how the first month of implementation of China’s Overseas NGO Law unfolded.

Ministry of Public Security creates online platform for Overseas NGOs in China

In view of the upcoming implementation of China’s Overseas NGO Law (scheduled to become effective in January), the Chinese Ministry of Public Security has created an online platform for Overseas NGOs in China. Through this platform, overseas NGOs will be able to find out more about the process of registration as mandated by the new law, apply for appointments with the authorities in charge of the registration process, and hand in the required documentation. You can access the platform here.

The List of Fields of Activity, Categories of Projects and Professional Supervisory Units for Overseas NGOs Carrying Out Activities in Mainland China

The List of Fields of Activity, Categories of Projects and Professional Supervisory Units for Overseas NGOs Carrying Out Activities in Mainland China

CDB’s English translation of the newly released list of supervisory units for overseas NGOs operating in Mainland China.

Fears expressed that some international NGOs may leave China over inability to comply with the Overseas NGO Law

Fears expressed that some international NGOs may leave China over inability to comply with the Overseas NGO Law

  Citing a US media source, the Xinhua News agency group reported that some overseas NGOs are considering leaving China out of concern that they will be unable to comply with the requirements set out by China’s Overseas NGO Management Law (the Law), effective on January 1, 2017. According to a Voice of America (VOA) report on December 16, the Overseas NGO Law provides that all overseas NGOs intending to carry out activities in China shall register and file for records. The overseeing and supervisory agency is now switched from being the Ministry of Civil Affairs to the Ministry of Public Security. According to the Law, overseas NGOs are prohibited …read more

Insights from the China Charity Fair

Insights from the China Charity Fair

The Fifth China Charity Fair took place last month in Shenzhen. This article from the Charity Times presents some of the views on the future of Chinese charity which some important figures shared during the event.

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

Revised Regulations on the Registration and Management of Civil Non-Enterprise Units released online for public consultation

The Provisional Regulations on the Registration and Management of Civil Non-Enterprise Unit (Revised Draft for Public Consultation) has been released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China after an in-depth investigation and an experiential summary. The new law is supposed to revise the existing regulations in order to better reflect the status and attributes of social service organizations. Comments on the draft can be made via several different ways listed below. The deadline for comments is the 26th of June. 1) Comments can be submitted via the website http://www.mca.gov.cn. 2) Comments can be sent as emails to zcfgs@mca.gov.cn. 3) Comments can also be posted to the …read more

Report on China’s policy on the disabled released

May 15th marks China’s 26th National Day for Helping People with Disabilities (全国助残日)*. The country’s disabled people are currently around 85 million in number. Two days before the occasion, the China Philanthropy Research Institute (BNU) released the Progress Index Report of Policy on Persons with Disabilities in China (中国残疾人政策进步指数报告). The report covers 31 provinces nationwide and presents data from 2012 to 2014. According to the report, China has a good track record on the advancement of policies for assisting people with disabilities. In particular, the use of creative policy approaches at the regional level has reached a crescendo. This facilitates the overall policy improvement in China. The report uses eight first-order indexes including …read more

How foreign non-profit organisations should respond to China’s new Overseas NGO Management Law

How foreign non-profit organisations should respond to China’s new Overseas NGO Management Law

This policy paper outlines the challenges of compliance and non-compliance and proposes ‘smart indigenisation’ as a third way to deal with the new law. By forging partnerships with credible domestic partners, foreign non-profit organisations can be principled, pragmatic and people-centred at the same time.

China Daily: NGOs urged to play a bigger role on global issues

According to a recent report by China Daily, Xiao Fenghuai, deputy director general of the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges of the Ministry of Commerce, spoke in Beijing at a two-day international seminar on the role of non-governmental bodies, entitled “Non-State Actors in Asian Development Cooperation: The Role of Non-governmental Organizations”. The April 19-20 seminar was jointly hosted by the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), the Korea Development Institute, the Asia Foundation, and Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Department. Topics include history and the role of civil society in development cooperation in Asia and the institutional framework for civil society activities. Xiao said NGOs should act as an …read more

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.

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

Beijing government plans to purchase 500 different services from social organizations in 2016

The Beijing Municipal Social Work Committee and the Beijing Social Office announced that the Beijing government would continue to purchase 500 services from various social organizations at different levels in 2016, using Beijing’s special fund for social construction. The services purchased can be divided into five categories and 30 aspects, including social public services, social charitable services, community services, social governance services and social decision advisory services. This method of purchasing services by the government encourages more social organizations to get involved with social issues and contributes to create a modern system of social organizations. Since being set up six years ago, the Beijing special fund for social construction has …read more

Public opinion solicited for social organization withdrawal mechanism

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has drafted the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ Opinions on Improving the Withdrawal Mechanism of Social Organization (The Draft to Solicit Public Opinion) (《民政部关于健全社会组织退出机制的意见(征求意见稿)》), in order to strengthen the supervision and management of social organizations, increase the level of cleanliness of social organizations, clarify the different ways, basis and procedures according to which social organizations’ registration can be withdrawn, and regulate the organs which register and manage social organizations to fulfill their duties in accordance with the law. Public feedback to the draft was sollicited from December the 2nd to the 10th. The draft clearly defines two methods for the withdrawing of social organizations. The first …read more

US-China Charity Law Workshop held in Beijing

Over 40 US and Chinese legal experts and NGO practitioners gathered recently in a Charity Law Workshop in Beijing, addressing the controversy over China’s Charity Law draft (see here) and Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to donate 99% of his shares to charity. The workshop was held by the Charity Law Research Center(慈善法律研究中心) of the China Philanthropy Research Institute (中国公益研究院). MS Evelyn Brody, a law professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, kicked off the workshop with a speech on legal forms and taxation for US charity organizations. The requirements and procedures for establishing a charitable trust and a non-profit legal person in the US are different from each other. There is …read more

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement

Fifteen NGOs that conduct climate change related work in China delivered a joint statement on December 13 in response to the newly reached Paris Agreement. The statement described the agreement as a significant milestone and a bridge between developed and developing countries as well as between the old and the new climate orders. The NGOs praised China’s vital contribution in achieving the agreement. They suggested that active controls on coal, renewable energy promotion, and nationwide carbon emission restrictions should be incorporated into the 13th five-year plan (social and economic blueprint for 2016 to 2020). The NGOs are optimistic that the tolerance and openness of the Paris Agreement will translate into …read more

Catchy song on China's Five Year Plan goes viral

Catchy song on China’s Five Year Plan goes viral

On October 26th Xinhua news agency published an animated video in English introducing China’s 13th five-year plan, the social and economic blueprint for the country’s policy in the 2016-2020 period, while at the same time the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party met to discuss the Plan’s details in Beijing. The catchy song has since gone viral. See here for the video.