International NGOs in China: Which Path to Follow?
Registering with the authorities remains a challenge for many international NGOs working in China. This article from the Chinese media discusses some of the problems involved and offers some concrete policy suggestions to solve the impasse.
First batch of overseas NGOs receive their registration credentials in Yunnan
On the morning of March 30, the Yunnan Representative Office of Overseas NGOs issued their long-awaited registration credentials to the first batch of overseas NGOs. Nine NGOs from outside of Mainland China, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (US), Family Health International (US), Human People to People (Switzerland), Fred Hollows Foundation (Australia), Health Poverty Action (UK), MSI Professional Services International (HK), Cedar Fund (HK), World Vision (HK) and Ricci Social Services Foundation (Macau) all received their registration credentials during an official ceremony. Chen Zhong Wen, the chief delegate for the Yunnan Representative Office of Overseas NGOs and the deputy director of the Provincial Public Security Department, attended the award …read more
Half a year since the Charity Law went into effect, how are social organizations faring?
It has now been half a year since the implementation of China’s Charity Law, and many in the sector are wondering how things are moving forward with the recognition of charitable organizations across China. A recent report by the China Non-Public Foundations Development Forum focuses on the situation in Guangdong province. As some of the first ones to obtain recognition by the Civil Affairs Bureaus, charitable organizations in Guangdong can act as a point of reference for others across the country. The report found that there are twenty-one registered charitable organizations in the province. Out of these, there are fourteen social organizations that were directly established as charitable organizations when registering, …read more
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
First batch of NGOs receives registration credentials in Guangdong
On the morning of January 19, the Guangdong Public Security Bureau held a small ceremony in Guangzhou to award the first batch of registration credentials to overseas NGOs in Guangdong. The registration credentials are in conjunction with the “Overseas NGO Law” that came into effect at the beginning of January. The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, a Hong Kong-based organization, is among the six overseas NGOs that were awarded credentials at the ceremony.
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.
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
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
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
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