Keyword: Government Relations

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.

Tongxin Experimental and New Citizen’s Jinghua: Beijing’s Migrant Schools Meet Different Fates

Tongxin Experimental and New Citizen’s Jinghua: Beijing’s Migrant Schools Meet Different Fates

The author, who goes by the pseudonym, Zhong Shiwu, discusses how one migrant school was able to survive a rash of school closings in Beijing by going public rather than engage in behind-the-scenes negotiations

POLICY BRIEF NO. 13: On the Eve of the Third Plenum, Are We Seeing a Depoliticization of the NGO Sector?

POLICY BRIEF NO. 13: On the Eve of the Third Plenum, Are We Seeing a Depoliticization of the NGO Sector?

This Policy Brief is our first in 2013. We hope to continue to publish a Policy Brief once a month or at least once every two months over the next year.

The Uses of Corporate Social Responsibility in China

The Uses of Corporate Social Responsibility in China

Wu Chen, deputy director of the Social Resources Institute (社会资源研究所) writes about the various ways that CSR is used and abused in China.

“Civil Society” or “People’s Society”: Where’s the Party?

Patricia Thornton, uses the case of Shanghai to examine an important trend that has received little attention: the increasingly proactive role of the Party and Party-organized NGOs (PONGOs) in managing and guiding the development of the NGO sector.

A Chinese NGO with International Characteristics: The Morning Tears Advocacy Model

A Chinese NGO with International Characteristics: The Morning Tears Advocacy Model

China’s internationalization has led to the emergence of NGOs that no longer fit neatly into the Chinese NGO or international NGO category but rather constitute a hybrid. Fiorinda Di Fabio looks at one such hybrid and its blueprint for conducting effective advocacy on child protection and welfare in China.

Chinese Overseas Investment in Cambodia: Conflicts and Solutions

Chinese Overseas Investment in Cambodia: Conflicts and Solutions

Cao Ke and Wang Xiaojuan of the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s China office report on the environmental and social conflicts stemming from Chinese overseas investment and provide recommendations on how those conflicts can be ameliorated.

Carrying Out Public Advocacy Through Performance Art

Carrying Out Public Advocacy Through Performance Art

Wang Man looks at how performance art can be an effective means of carrying out public interest advocacy in China, using two recent cases advocating on behalf of gender equality.

Restrictions on public interest lawsuit viewed as inappropriate

Many have responded negatively to the recent draft of a revision to the Environmental Protection Law that sites the All-China Environment Federation as the sole agent of the new public interest lawsuit provision.

CDB Editorial: The Advance and Retreat of Labor NGOs

CDB Editorial: The Advance and Retreat of Labor NGOs

This editorial addresses the troubling harassment of labor NGOs in Guangdong during the summer and fall of 2012