Keyword: Government Relations

China’s Third Sector: Is it Losing its Independence?

China’s Third Sector: Is it Losing its Independence?

This article addresses a long-standing but important debate over the independence of China’s NGOs. Going back to the early 1990s, China scholars have viewed Chinese NGOs as coopted by the state, unable and unwilling to play an assertive, independent role in speaking for and acting on behalf of marginalized groups

From Opposition to Dialogue

From Opposition to Dialogue

The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) is one of China’s best-known independent environmental NGOs.  Founded by Ma Jun in 2006, IPE maintains a water and air pollution database, and is one of the organizers of the Green Choice Alliance, a coalition of 35 Chinese environmental NGOs[1]

One NGO has its registration rejected six times and Party Secretary Wang Yang warns against “presuming guilt”

According to a report in Nanfang Daily, Wang Yang, the Party Secretary of Guangdong criticized the Dongguan NGO Management bureau for rejecting the application of a charitable NGO six times

An Interview with the Founder of Non Profit Incubator (NPI)

An Interview with the Founder of Non Profit Incubator (NPI)

NPI is emblematic of a new wave of nonprofits led by a younger, more professional generation of social activists who come with experience and skills learned in the corporate, media and international development sectors

An Emerging Civil Society: The Impact of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake on Grassroots Civic Associations in China

An Emerging Civil Society: The Impact of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake on Grassroots Civic Associations in China

Drawing on survey data and interviews with NGOs involved with the Sichuan earthquake response and reconstruction, this article argues that the earthquake provided an important catalyst for a previously quiescent NGO community.

China's Huiling: Harmonious Cooperation Requires the Rule of Law and A Culture of Acceptance

China’s Huiling: Harmonious Cooperation Requires the Rule of Law and A Culture of Acceptance

The following article is by the founder of Huiling, one of China’s oldest NGOs serving the intellectually disabled. Community integration is central to the mission of Huiling schools which seek to help intellectually disabled young adults become part of the community by teaching them social and life skills

Interview with Ma Jun

Interview with Ma Jun

The following is a in-depth interview with one of China’s best-known environmentalists.

The Collective Voice of NGOs Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The Collective Voice of NGOs Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

This article showcases some important trends in the grassroots NGO sector in China. One is the growth of networks among NGOs serving people with disabilities

Shanghai Qing Cong Quan Children's Intelligence Training Center: Gaining the Community’s Support

Shanghai Qing Cong Quan Children’s Intelligence Training Center: Gaining the Community’s Support

This short article provides an interesting glimpse into a grassroots autism NGO and its efforts to build good relationships with the local authorities and community.

Seeking Truth Article: Social Management Cannot Fall Into the Trap of Civil Society

This article expresses a concern among conservatives about putting too much emphasis on social organizations.