Hony Social Impact Center: an investment platform connecting charity to commerce
A new investment platform, the Hony Social Impact Center (弘毅社会影响力中心), has just emerged in China. In recent years, “Social Impact Investment” that tries to connect charity to commerce has been favored by many charitable organizations and social enterprises. A need was thus felt for an investment platform caring about social value that could maximize the benefits of this combination of charity and commerce. At present the center is still in its start-up stage, but two pilot projects have already been selected: “Hands on” and “Generation Bridge”. The “Hands on” project is jointly sponsored by the 3D-printing Industry Alliance (3D打印企业联盟), Wiki Factory (维基新工厂) and other organizations working in different fields. The project aims …read more
Range of free antiviral therapy for people with AIDS expanded by the Chinese government
Yesterday, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China announced that following the latest technical standards published by the WTO and the suggestions made by domestic experts, it has decided to adapt the standard of free antiviral therapy offered to people with AIDS and further expand the treatment’s coverage. The National Health and Family Planning Commission recommends that all AIDS-infected people and patients receive antiviral therapy. However, free antiviral therapy should be administered under the principle of voluntariness and the premise of pre-treatment consultation. The relevant medical organizations ought to try and eliminate the contraindications of antiviral therapy and not force people with AIDS to receive the therapy. They …read more
Free toilet paper program covers 53 Chinese schools
On April 7th, the China Philanthropy Research Institute Toilet Culture Research Center released its periodic report on Free Toilet Paper in Campus Program in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province. At the same time, the Toilet Culture Research Center, Qingjun, founder of Kunshan Yuting Foundation (昆山昱庭公益基金会), together with Beijing Zhongze Foundation (北京众泽公益基金会) launches a Free Toilet Paper project in Qinhuangdao as its first site in Hebei Province. Toilet paper is crucial in toilet revolution, says Wang Zhenyao, head of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, providing free toilet paper can improve public ethics, correct the faults in Chinese culture, and stimulate more public action. The Free Toilet Paper in Campus Program is an …read more
“Survey of Rare Childhood Diseases” released in Beijing
The China National Children’s Center (CNCC) and the China Children’s Rare Diseases Relief Fund (CCRF) jointly held a ceremony on January the 18th to celebrate the anniversary of the CCRF’s founding and the publication of the book “A Survey of Rare Childhood Diseases”. Mr. Fan, the secretary general of CCRF, explained that the book includes 15 real stories of children suffering from rare diseases; by telling readers their stories of disease-led poverty and insufficient health care and about the medical aid they received, the book seeks to appeal for more social attention for this social group and to provide information for related future aid policies. During the ceremony the accomplishments …read more
NPC passes Anti-Domestic Violence Law
The People’s Republic of China Anti-Domestic Violence Law was released during the Eighteenth Session of the Twelfth Standing Committee of the NPC on December 27. This law will be enforced from March 1st, 2016. It defines domestic violence as beating, binding, restricting personal freedom, frequent abusive remarks and threats within families which cause physical and mental damage. The law, which is the first legislation to address domestic violence in China, contains a few remarkable points. First of all, it stipulates that psychological violence should also be seen as a kind of domestic violence. Apart from that, it also mandates that violence between “people living together”, even when they are not married, should be regarded …read more
China Daily: CANGO sets up program to combat climate change
China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) has started an education program to raise awareness of environmental protection and climate change among students in China. As reported by China Daily Europe, from December 2012 to August 2015, CANGO has trained 810 teachers from 449 selected middle schools from both metropolises and rural areas across five provinces of China. These middle schools are mostly recruited from CANGO’s NGO network. According to Huang Haoming, the secretary-general of CANGO, German organization Brot Fuer Die Welt, or Bread for the World provided funding for this program. As part of the program, CANGO has also organized a national design competition for middle school students with the theme …read more
The Left-Behind Children of Longnan
In March and April of 2015, photographer Liu Feiyue went into Longnan, Gansu Province twice for his visual profile series on left-behind children. CDB has re-published the photos and translated their captions with the permission of the photographer.
NHFPC requires schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting system
Due to an increase in HIV/AIDS infection among students, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently published a Notice to ask schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting systems (关于建立疫情通报制度 进一步加强学校艾滋病防控工作的通知) and requires schools to organize consultations to analyze reasons for epidemics and ways of controlling them.
New government HIV/AIDS fund to support social organizations
At the end of July The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) released the “Notice on the Establishment of the Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention by Social Organizations” (关于建立社会组织参与艾滋病防治基金的通知) after the Fund had been approved by the State Council. At the same time the Commission also made public the “Interim Measures on the Management of the Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention by Social Organizations (社会组织参与艾滋病防治基金管理办法（暂行）), according to which social organizations (社会组织) registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as well as “organizations in social organization incubator bases” (社会组织培训基地) that have been established by the departments of civil affairs and family planning, can now apply to the Fund to support their HIV/AIDS programs.
Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation: from “Non-Public” to “Public”
CDB’s Lu Xiaohong traces the development of the Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation, one of China’s first grassroots foundations to gain “public” status
NGOs hoping to play a bigger role in China’s anti-smoking campaign
May 31st was World No-Tobacco Day and it was also the last day that the Beijing government will allow smoking in public places. From June 1st, the municipal government will implement it’s “Beijing Smoking Ban” (北京市控烟条例), which will ban smoking inside all public spaces. According to a Jiemian.com article, Chinese grassroots NGOs are hoping to play a bigger role in tobacco control nationwide. Both Friends of Nature and Yiyun (益云, 公益互联网) recently co-organized the “Put out Your Cigarette for Love” (为爱熄烟) event in support of the up-coming smoking ban. The event gained much attention and support from other NGOs. Furthermore, in previous years Chinese NGOs have been actively involved in tobacco control. For example, NGOs …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Stephen Hallett of China Vision
An Interview with Stephen Hallett, Chair and Co-founder of China Vision, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
New regulation encourages private investment in elderly care sector
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published a new law on its website on February 25, 2015, titled “Notice on Opinions upon Encouraging Private Capital to Invest in Elderly Care Industry”(关于鼓励民间资本参与养老服务业发展的实施意见). It was issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with nine other government departments. According to the document, the government will encourage private investment in the elderly care service industry to help with its aging population. Non-governmental investors are encouraged to run elderly care facilities, including nursing homes and recreational centers. They can also cooperate with the government to form joint ventures to build and develop facilities for senior citizens.Tax incentives, favorable land-use policies, and other preferential policies for elderly …read more
China launches new plan for children development in impoverished areas
On January 15th, 2015, the State Council published the «Plan for the development of children in impoverished areas 2014 – 2020» that should benefit 40 million children. The plan aims at bringing the living conditions of these children up to national standards.
Rural woman files first lawsuit on forced sterilization in China
Two years ago Xia Runying, a female farmer in Jiangxi province, was forcibly sterilized by the local family planning committee. She filed a lawsuit against the committee, asserting that the surgery was illegal and seeking compensation; the first such case in China.