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.
A View from the Media: Who’s Responsible for Watching our Water?
One of the latest controversies in Chinese society has been the issue of groundwater pollution in Shandong and other provinces. Disillusioned by the ineffectuality of the government agencies responsible for monitoring pollution, a number of civil society advocates have emphasized the role of NGOs and the public in efforts to eradicate pollution
A New Volunteer Organization (V-BUS) Emerges in Guangzhou
As more grassroots NGOs have emerged in China over the last few years, this article by Wang Hui performs a valuable service in profiling a new volunteer-training NGO in the southern city of Guangzhou.
View from the Media: College Entrance Exam Woes for Migrant Children
In this article Amanda Brown-Inz examines the issues around the children of migrant workers taking the college entrance exams.
View from the Media: A Long Way Home for Migrant Workers
As Chinese prepare for the massive annual chunyun (Chinese New Year migration), a number of incidents reported by mainstream media have generated a public debate concerning the role and responsibilities of the government and private citizens in providing aid to migrant workers
View from the Media: Fire and Ice
As a supplement to CDB’s Weekly Civil Society News feature, we are launching View from the Media, a weekly column which will summarize and provide analysis of some of the major stories concerning civil society that appear in the Chinese media.
The Expectations and Realities of NGO Registration: A Study of HIV/AIDS Groups in Sichuan and Yunnan
In this summary of their valuable study, David Shallcross and Nana Kuo of the UNAIDS China Office compare the experiences of community-based organizations (CBOs) in Sichuan and Yunnan that had either successfully registered or tried to register as an NGO.