Keyword: Government Relations

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clarify the different ways, basis and procedures according to which social organizations’ registration can be withdrawn, and regulate the organs which register and manage social organizations to fulfill their duties in accordance with the law.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.

State Council puts forward the ‘Internet + Poverty Alleviation’ Proposal

To celebrate the second Chinese Poverty Alleviation Day and the 23rd International Day of the Eradication of Poverty, the 2015 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum, hosted by the State Council Leading Group of Poverty Alleviation and Development, launched the ‘Internet + Poverty Alleviation’ Joint Action Proposal on October 16th in Beijing. The Proposal was initiated by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and the Center for Informatization Study alongside several leading Chinese Internet companies including Alibaba Group, Tencent, JD, Suning Appliance, S.F. Express and NetEase. “As one of the “Top 10 Well-matched Poverty Alleviation Projects” (精准扶贫十大工程), the “Poverty Alleviation through E-commerce” (电商扶贫) project has been included into the government’s poverty-alleviation policy …read more

CCCPC releases opinion on Party-Building in “social organizations”

Xinhua New Agency reported on September 28 that the General Office of CPC Central Committee recently published the “Opinion on Enhancing Party Building Work in Social Organizations (trial) (关于加强社会组织党的建设工作的意见(试行))”. NGOs (or “social organizations”, 社会组织)were first required to establish Party Groups by “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial)” which was passed on May 29th 2015 (see CDB news here). According to the report, the fundamental aim of the Opinion is to enhance CPC’s leadership among NGOs, and the Opinion stipulates that the Party Groups within NGOs must act as the political nucleus. The Opinion gives clear guidance on the management mechanism of NGO Party groups. For instance, the …read more

A Comparison Between Chinese and U.S. Philanthropy

A Comparison Between Chinese and U.S. Philanthropy

CDB’s Chen Yimei outlines some of the key differences between the U.S. and Chinese philanthropic sectors.

Jinfeng Mining Company and Sustainable Community-Building

Jinfeng Mining Company and Sustainable Community-Building

The seventh case study in CDB’s 2015 report on business-NGO relations in China looks at the success that Jinfeng Mining Company, a natural resources enterprise, has had in cooperating with an NGO to create a sustainable community.

CFPA successfully registers in Nepal

CFPA successfully registers in Nepal

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) has officially registered as an international non-government organization in Nepal. At 13:30 on August 13th 2015, the agreement-signing ceremony was held at the office of the Social Welfare Council of Nepal. On the occasion of the 60 anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nepal, CFPA became the first Chinese NGO registered in Nepal. 20 members of the Chinese and Nepali media attended the signing ceremony Photo on the agreement signing ceremony According to their own press relsease, the registration of the CFPA office is not only a significant step forward for the internationalization of the organization but also a “meaningful exploration” for Chinese …read more

News outlets encouraged to join hands with government in promoting charity

Ministry of Civil Affairs, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC, 国家互联网信息办公室), and State of Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of PRC (SAPPRFT, 国家广电总局) jointly published a notice recently to encourage news outlets to “cooperate” with government departments in promoting philanthropic activities and “honouring” charitable contributions by businesses and individuals.

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.

Plan to “decouple” industry associations and chambers of commerce

On July 9th, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council published a “General Plan to Decouple Industry Association Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Authorities” (Plan) (行业协会商会与行政机关脱钩总体方案). According to the Plan, nearly 70,000 industry associations and chambers of commerce, which come under the category of “social associations” (社会团体), would be separated from the executive authorities or their professional supervisory units. The first round of implementation of the plan will be tested in 100 different associations and chambers all over the nation in the second half of 2015 and will continue to expand testing areas in 2016. The Plan proposes to fully separate …read more

The Growing Elitism in the Chinese NGO Sector

The Growing Elitism in the Chinese NGO Sector

CDB deputy editor Guo Ting asks the question “are professional Chinese NGO elites still representing the diverse interests of China’s different social groups?”

Amity Foundation starts special philanthropic fund for WW2 veterans

The Amity Foundation, together with the Nanjing and Jiangsu Committees of the National Democratic Construction Association (NDCA, 民建江苏省委 and 民建南京市委) have held a signing ceremony at the Nanjing Civil Resistance Against Japan Museum that marks the establishment of a special fund (公益基金) dedicated to helping Chinese veterans of the Sino-Japanese war. Huimin Hong, the deputy Director of the NDCA spoke at the ceremony and said that the Fund was established to mark the Chinese victory in the conflict. Hong also said that he hoped that Chinese society would pay more attention towards caring for veterans of the war.

State Council “Suggestions” to promote public service public-private partnerships

On May 19th, the State Council passed the “Suggestions for Promoting Partnerships between Government and Social Capital in Public Service” (关于在公共服务领域推广政府和社会资本合作模式的指导意见) which was drafted by the Ministry of Finance, National Development and Reform Commission, and the People’s Bank of China. The State Council asked all provincial governments to follow the newly published Suggestions in the hope that it will promote public-private partnerships.

UNAIDS commentary on the draft Overseas NGO Management Law

UNAIDS China office points out the effect of NGO Management Law on the future of AIDS control in China.

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.