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
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
CDB’s Chen Yimei outlines some of the key differences between the U.S. and Chinese philanthropic sectors.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Jimen Strategic Forum on Chinese NGOs “going out”
The recent tragic Nepal earthquake has been a big test for China’s NGOs, with it representing their first large-scale participation in foreign humanitarian assistance. As more and more Chinese NGOs reach out to the world, the Jimen Strategic Forum (蓟门决策论坛) recently held a special session on Chinese NGOs “going out”. Xingzui Wang, deputy Director of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, attended the forum and points out that although Chinese government and business have invested over 665 billion US dollars in 184 countries, most of the contracts are construction related and has little to do with community development. According to Wang it is crucial to establish a healthy trilateral relationship among government, businesses, and NGOs in …read more
Trial regulations require registered NGOs to establish “Party groups (党组)”
On May 29th, the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee passed the “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial) （中国共产党党组工作条例（试行））”. According to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (中国共产党章程), organizations such as central and local government agencies, people’s organizations (人民团体), businesses, cultural institutions, and other non-party organizations (非党组织）are allowed to establish Party groups (党组) within their organization. However the newly passed Regulations now states that a number of types of organizations – for the first time including registered NGOs (called “social organizations”, 社会组织）- are required to establish Party groups. The new regulations also removed the word “non-party” (非党组织). According to the Dongfang Daily, because NGOs (social organizations) are still …read more