Dr. Wang Chao (Save the Children): the Future of China’s Overseas NGOs
A talk by Wang Chao, Save the Children’s chief representative in China, discussing what the future will hold for international charities working in the Middle Kingdom.
Four German political foundations register in Beijing as overseas NGOs
Representatives from German political foundations displaying their registration credentials. This week, Beijing’s Public Security Bureau awarded registration credentials to four German political foundations: the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Party political foundations are an institution specific to Germany. Subsidized by the German government, there are six party political foundations in Germany, each affiliated with its respective political party. They engage in international aid and volunteer training activities. The four foundations that have successfully registered in Beijing are respectively affiliated with the Christian Democratic Union, the Green Party, the Left Party and the Christian Social Union. The Chinese People’s Association …read more
Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar
On May 20, a project linked to China’s One Belt and One Road initiative began offering surgery to impoverished cataracts patients in Myanmar’s ex-capital and largest city, Yangon. With plans to offer the cataract surgery to some 200 patients, the initiative is part of a program called “Overseas Chinese love is bright”. The activity is jointly sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, the Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Aier Eye Hospital. Doctor’s from the Hospital, which is located in Kunming, arrived on May 19 and immediately began work performing surgery on more than 40 patients. On the morning of May 20, an official …read more
Chinese volunteer organization spearheads anti-poaching efforts in Africa
Universal Tactical Association volunteers at their training center in Beijing. On May 15, the Universal Tactical Association (UTA) held a farewell meeting for their Africa Anti-poaching Voluntary Action Committee at a training center in Beijing. During the meeting, the founder of the committee made a presentation introducing the program and the work that the anti-poaching group hopes to achieve while in Africa. Comprised of six men and two women, the group of eight volunteers will perform fieldwork across the 2000 square kilometers of Zimbabwe’s National Park over the course of two months, using small surveillance aircrafts, ATVs and rafts to engage in patrolling activities throughout the park. They hope to …read more
African officials learn about Chinese civil society in Fuzhou
On May 14, more than 30 government officials from 11 francophone African countries convened at a charity forum in Fuzhou to discuss public welfare experiences and techniques. The forum was held by a Fujian student aid charity association (福建省简单助学公益协会), a non-profit organization established in 2003 that works towards poverty alleviation and education. As of May 9, the organization has donated more than 18 million Yuan and spent more than 10,000 hours working to help more than 3,000 children. The association’s executive chairman Zheng Bin humbly told reporters that since opening fifteen years ago, the association has merely used grassroots methods and mobilized ordinary people to help children in need. Among …read more
First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative
Aerial view of Gwadar, with the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center in the foreground. On May 7, the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center opened in the southern Pakistani port city of Gwadar after receiving construction aid from the Red Cross Society of China. Gwadar is located at the southern end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a component of China’s much-publicised “One Belt and One Road” initiative. The economic corridor is an ambitious plan to link Western China with the Arabian Sea via massive infrastructure projects and special economic zones through Pakistan. The China-Pakistan First Aid Corridor is a subset of the project, aiming to provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance …read more
Overseas NGOs attend “One Belt and One Road” forum
On May 10, representatives from 11 overseas NGOs were invited by the Public Security Bureau to attend a forum in Beijing on the “One Belt and One Road”, the international development framework proposed by the Chinese government that includes the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Maritime Silk Road”. The invited NGOs included the World Economic Forum, the US-China Business Council, the American Energy Foundation, the World-Wide Fund for Nature and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. In addition, the foreign relations and commerce departments of Tsinghua University and Peking University were present at the forum. During the forum various organizations expressed an interest in the …read more
Chen Tianqiao responds to criticism for his donation to Caltech
The founder of Shanda Group, Chen Tianqiao, made a $115 million donation last year to California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for neuroscience research, which was met with widespread criticism in China. The billionaire however recently responded to criticism for his donation, revealing that his contribution to the university’s neuroscience department is simply him trying to do his part to help research on the mechanism of the human brain. Chen describes his donation to Caltech as “giving the ball to the person closest to the front door”, using an analogy in soccer game. When asked about the motivation for his donation, Chen told reporters, “I was not trying to give myself …read more
International NGOs in China: Which Path to Follow?
Registering with the authorities remains a challenge for many international NGOs working in China. This article from the Chinese media discusses some of the problems involved and offers some concrete policy suggestions to solve the impasse.
Chinese and African youth fight together against AIDS
A charitable activity entitled “working together, promoting friendship and creating a better future” was held in the Affiliated High School of Peking University on October 31st. The event was organized by the China-Africa Business Council and the China Social Assistance Foundation’s “Increase Love, Reduce AIDS” fund. Its stated aim was to encourage African and Chinese teenagers to go forward hand in hand and create a bright future together. The first lady of Malawi Gertrude Mutharika, the ambassador of UNAIDS Su Kailin and the secretary general of the China-Africa Business Council Wang Xiaoyong all attended. The first lady of Malawi, who is also the vice-chairwoman of the Organization of African First Ladies Against …read more
French and Chinese foundations sign strategic cooperation agreement
The signing ceremony for the strategic cooperation agreement between France’s Expectation and Innovation Foundation and the Beijing Qiaonu Foundation was held on October 20th. During the ceremony the former French prime minister and chairman of the Expectation and Innovation Foundation Jean-Pierre Raffarin and the president of the Orient Landscape Industry Group and chairwoman of the Beijing Qiaonu Foundation He Qiaonu signed the cooperation agreement and discussed future cooperation. It is reported that the two foundations are going to film a documentary with a French television institute in order to let the world know more about China, encourage people to think about human progress and inspire environmental protection activities. The aim …read more
“Mekong Bright Action” brings brightness to poor cataract patients in Laos
The launching ceremony of the “Mekong Bright Action” project was held in Vientiane, Laos on October 14th. During the following month, Chinese medical teams will travel to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma and other countries and perform free operations for 800 poor cataract patients. The project’s seeds were sown during the first meeting of the Lancang-Mekong River Cooperation, which was hosted in Sanya, Hainan, on March 23rd 2016. The leaders of Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam all attended. During the meeting, China promised to cultivate talents in the field of public health and carry out “Bright Action” to help poor cataract patients in these five countries regain their eyesight. The “Mekong …read more
G(irls) 20 summit promotes female entrepreneurship
Twenty-four young women－chosen for their experience, ambition and learning ability out of more than 1,700 applicants from the G20 countries－joined this year’s G(irls) 20 summit in Beijing on August 9th. G(irls) 20, established in 2009, is an organization based in Canada that is devoted to promoting greater female participation in the workforce around the world. Farah Mohamed, head of the organization, said that China stands out internationally for producing impressive examples of women who are in power, particularly in business. Hong Xinyu, China’s representative at the Summit, told the international gathering that her plan is to open a workshop to help women who were unable to go to college get training …read more
Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary
Five topics that provide a quick grasp of the crucial developments in philanthropic legislation and legal practice in China during the first half of 2016.