Keyword: Government Relations

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.

Environmental Advocacy Through Institutionalized Interaction with the Government

Environmental Advocacy Through Institutionalized Interaction with the Government

This is the second installment of a case study examining a Chongqing environmental NGO that uses a novel and effective way to supervise local government agencies and companies.

Philanthropy Times – The historical growth of Chinese private foundations

The ‘Foundation Supervision Regulations’ were issued in June of 2004, opening the door to the non-governmental funding and establishment of private foundations. In November of that same year, the fourth Plenum of the 16th Central Committee put forward their “social construction” concept.

The Chongqing Two Rivers Center: An Environmental Watchdog

The Chongqing Two Rivers Center: An Environmental Watchdog

Fu Tao, CDB’s Senior Researcher, reports on a relatively new environmental NGO in Chongqing that has established a regular pattern of interaction with the local Environment Protection Bureau.

Philanthropy Times – Analysis of the growing trends of Chinese social organisations: The transformation from quantity to quality

Analysis of the growing trends of Chinese social organisations: The transformation from quantity to quality 中国社会组织发展趋势分析:由量到质的转变 By Wang Ming and Ding Jingjing 王名, 丁晶晶, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, October 15, 2013 The report from the 18th Party Congress included a series of important ideas relating to the construction of society. It proposed to “strengthen the construction of society whilst improving peoples welfare and innovating new management techniques”; to “accelerate the improvement of the social system”; and to “speed up the withdrawal of the state from social organisations, the clarification of rights and responsibilities, and the legal autonomy of social organisations”. This echoes the active exploration and energetic advance of innovative new …read more

The AIDS Walk: Promoting Public Service in China

The AIDS Walk: Promoting Public Service in China

In this timely article, CDB Deputy Editor, Guo Ting, discusses the China AIDS Walk, a grassroots-organized public service event to call attention to discrimination against people living with HIV-AIDS.

“Non-Legal” Orphanages and the Chinese State

“Non-Legal” Orphanages and the Chinese State

In this summary of a broader project, Anna High examines the survival and oversight of local, grassroots NGOs engaged in a particularly sensitive sector: the care of orphans by underground church groups and foreign mission workers.