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
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
“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
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?
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.
“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
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.
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
This editorial addresses the troubling harassment of labor NGOs in Guangdong during the summer and fall of 2012
A View from the Media: Response to the Quake
When a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Lushan, Sichuan on April 20th, media attention turned to fundraising and emergency relief efforts directed at the affected region
View from the Media: The Mysterious Decimal Point
This week we revisit the China Charity Aid Foundation for Children’s “decimal point” incident from the end of last year. The reverberations caused by this controversy are perhaps surpassed only by the infamous 2011 “Guo Meimei” incident in terms of arousing public misgivings concerning public foundations’ financial management.