Keyword: Government Relations

Inspiration from Expertise-based Grassroots Advocacy

Inspiration from Expertise-based Grassroots Advocacy

CDB’s Chief Researcher Liu Haiying gives some examples of successful advocacy campaigns pushed forward by groups of experts.

Ma Zhengzhou: An AIDS Relief Practitioner on the Frontline

Ma Zhengzhou: An AIDS Relief Practitioner on the Frontline

As part of her series on NGOs in Anhui, Guo Ting tells the bittersweet story of an AIDS relief practitioner’s ultimately successful efforts to set up a Chi Heng Foundation office in Anhui province, register it as a NGO and deliver financial assistance to HIV-infected families in the area.

8 Foundations’ registrations repealed: stricter local governments control?

The Shenzhen Shihui Lingqian Gongcheng Charity Foundation (深圳市施惠零铅工程慈善基金会) had its registration repealed due to an apparently illegal misappropriation of 3.03 million Yuan.

The Hebei governor calls on 13 cities to uphold “APEC Blue”

The article describes the measures laid out in Hebei province to preserve the air quality during the APEC summit

The storm created by Guangzhou’s “illegal organizations”

The authors analyze the controversy created by Guangzhou’s new regulations on the management of social organizations and their impact on unregistered NGOs.

Ministry of Civil Affairs: charity does not lack enthusiasm, it lacks projects

Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Dou Yupei pointa out the contribution of charitable organizations as being important to delivering social assistance to those in need.

Does launching activities as an NGO without being registered with civil affairs make you an illegal social organization?

The draft legislation in Guangzhou city outlining new measures to punish “illegal” NGOs has stirred fears among intellectuals and the civil society sector.

Editorial: When public interest organizations run into “hidden rules”

In this Editorial, CDB’s Fu Tao discusses the unwritten rules Chinese public interest organizations have to deal with when operating and discusses the cases of the Shanghai United Foundation (Lianqian) and of the Nanjing NGO Justice For All.

The public service organizations’ pension system reform will be implented nationwide within three years

Sources indicate that the public service organizations’ pension system reform will be directly implemented nationwide instead of going through the usual process of being implemented through a regional pilot project first

A Win-Win Situation: The Chengdu NGO Service Park

A Win-Win Situation: The Chengdu NGO Service Park

This article is part two of Fu Tao’s profile of the Chengdu NGO Service Park, one of a number of government-initiated platforms being established to provide support to fledgling NGOs.

The Chengdu NGO Service Park: an Interview with Xu Qizhi

The Chengdu NGO Service Park: an Interview with Xu Qizhi

Fu Tao interviews the Advisor for the new Chengdu NGO Service Park, a platform established by local party and government departments to provide incubation services to fledgling NGOs.

China Philanthropy Advisors – Feng Yongfeng: the values and vitality of grassroots organizations


To truly be considered ‘grassroots’, the author, Feng Yongfeng, believes that an organization should express the multi-colored nature of society, and have ‘serving the community’ as its mission

The Ministry of Civil Affairs’ “Top Ten Major Events for Social Organizations in 2013”

The Ministry of Civil Affairs’ “Top Ten Major Events for Social Organizations in 2013”

The Ministry of Civil Affairs published its own top ten list for the social organization sector in 2013, with most items focused on policy developments.

NGOs Have a Role in Organizing Society: An Interview with Michael Busgen

NGOs Have a Role in Organizing Society: An Interview with Michael Busgen

CDB Editor, Liu Haiying, interviews Michael Busgen, long-time observer of China’s NGO sector, who offers some refreshing commentary on the past, present and future of China’s NGOs.

Chinese Aid Abroad: The People’s Forum on International Social Responsibility

Chinese Aid Abroad: The People’s Forum on International Social Responsibility

Assistant Director of CDB (English) Tom Bannister and CDB intern Luke Winship report on an influential forum on the role of China in overseas aid.

Scaling Up Social Service Outsourcing in China: An Exploratory Study of HIV CSOs in Yunnan

Scaling Up Social Service Outsourcing in China: An Exploratory Study of HIV CSOs in Yunnan

In this well-researched study, independent consultant Marta Jagusztyn examines how recent plans to scale up government procurement of services will impact grassroots CSOs and how it can be improved to support the long-term development of China’s CSOs.

Phoenix News – Wang Zhenyao: Turning around to face the past three years without regret, this is the life that I wanted

Wang Zhenyao: Turning around to face the past three years without regret, this is the life that I wanted 王振耀:转身三年不后悔 这是我向往的生活 By Hou Lixin 侯力新, Phoenix News Public Welfare 凤凰网公益, December 10, 2013 Wang Zhenyao has now spent three years as the President of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, after serving for twenty years in the Ministry of Civil Affairs, with his last post being the Director-General of the Department of Social Welfare. Wang does not regret his decision to leave the government agency: “It makes me feel satisfied and happy, it’s exactly what I wanted to do after leaving”. In Wang’s opinion, in the thirty years of reform and …read more

Who has the right to launch a public interest lawsuit?

At the end of October, China’s ‘Environmental Protection Law’ was again discussed in the NPC Standing Committee’s third investigation. The discussion touched upon the requirements for public interest lawsuits, and meant that once again society focused on the issues surrounding legal action.