Overseas NGO Management Law not included in latest deliberation of NPC Standing Committee
The General Office of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) has announced that it will hold a press conference on July 1st. According to a notice on the official site of the NPC, the NPC Standing Committee has been deliberating drafts of the ‘National Security Law’ and the ‘Decision on Implementing Oath of Office to Uphold the Constitution (全国人大常委会关于实行宪法宣誓制度的决定草案)’ from June 24th to July 1st. If both drafts are passed, the press conference will invite Han Xiaowu, the vice secretary of the the Standing Committee of the NPC, and Zheng Shuna, the deputy-director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee to answer questions about both laws. …read more
Similar to other legal persons, social organizations will have “unicode”
On June 17th, the State Council published a Notice on Unifying Social Credit Code (Unicode) for National Reform and Development Commission and all other organizations (Notice) (国务院关于批转发展改革委等部门法人和其他组织统一社会信用代码制度建设总体方案的通知). From now on, similar to industry and commerce organizations and other legal persons, social organizations (社会组织) will have “Unicode”. The Unicode will be divided into 5 parts and will consist of 18 digits and letters as suggested by the newly published Notice. The first part, also the first digit, is given by Registration Management Department. The second part of the code, which is the second digit, distinguishes the type of organization. For example, 1 is for social associations (社会团体), 2 is for private …read more
Xu Yongguang (徐永光) given position at State Council’s Counselors’ Office
The Narada Foundation reports that on May 29th 2015, the Counselors’ Office of the State Council (国务院参事室) offered Xu Yongguang, director general of the Narada Foundation, a position as a research fellow (特约研究员). His contract will be for 3 years. Xu Yongguang is the founder of the China Youth Development Foundation and Project Hope. He has been working in the field of Chinese public welfare for 25 years and has contributed a lot to the development of Chinese grassroots charity.
China’s Long Road to the Charity Law
Cheng Fen from the China Philanthropy Research Institute takes a detailed look at the prolonged drafting of China’s “Charity Law”
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
Trial regulations require registered NGOs to establish “Party groups (党组)”
On May 29th, the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee passed the “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial) （中国共产党党组工作条例（试行））”. According to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (中国共产党章程), organizations such as central and local government agencies, people’s organizations (人民团体), businesses, cultural institutions, and other non-party organizations (非党组织）are allowed to establish Party groups (党组) within their organization. However the newly passed Regulations now states that a number of types of organizations – for the first time including registered NGOs (called “social organizations”, 社会组织）- are required to establish Party groups. The new regulations also removed the word “non-party” (非党组织). According to the Dongfang Daily, because NGOs (social organizations) are still …read more
Council on Foundations and ICNL hold conference call on overseas NGO law
On Wednesday last week, the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) organized a conference call on China’s Draft Law on Management of Overseas NGOs. Over 130 people joined the call, which discussed how the proposed legislation would impact US organisations running projects in China. Several experts took part in the call including Professor Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as staff members of US foundations and the Council of Foundations. The Council on Foundations is preparing its comments on the legislation which will be submitted to the legislating authorities before the deadline. Both the ICNL and the Council on Foundations advise that …read more
“Springtime” for third-party evaluation of Chinese NGOs
On May 20th the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) clarified the general ideas, basic principles and strategic policies of the newly released “Suggestions for the Third-Party Evaluation of Social Organizations (关于探索建立社会组织第三方评估机制的指导意见)”. According to the Philanthropy Times, future evaluations would be improved by the Suggestions in four main areas: 1. Establishing third-party evaluation organizations will help perfect the process of evaluation. With the guidance of the newly released Suggestions, provinces would be able to evaluate social organizations more professionally and collect more accurate results for future reference. 2. The Suggestions confirm the basic principles of third-party evaluation, separating government involvement from social organizations, separating government management and evaluation from social organizations, and conducting …read more
Overseas NGO Management Law discussed at Shanghai seminar
A seminar was held at Shanghai Jiaotong University on May 21st to discuss the second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law. More than 50 legal experts and scholars came from all over the country to discuss the draft legislation. The event was co-organized by Jiaotong University and The Center for NPOs law of Peking University. An article in the Shanghai Education News detailed the event, saying that as China has developed its interaction with overseas NGOs has increased. Operating in areas such as education, science, environmental protection, and public health, the different concepts, management methods and operational systems of overseas NGOs have contributed to the development of China’s own NGOs. At the …read more
Zhongguancun to start trial registration for three types of Overseas NGOs
The Beijing local government yesterday released a State Council-approved plan for pilot projects to open-up the city’s service industry. The plan includes the trial registration for Overseas NGOs. According to the three year plan Beijing will develop the areas of science and technology, information, culture and education, finance, commercial affairs, tourism, and health. For Overseas NGOs – which have been in the spotlight recently since the Overseas NGO Management Law (second draft) was released for public consultation – the new plan stated that Overseas NGOs （境外非政府组织） working in the areas of science and technology, education, and economics (经济类）can set up representative offices in Zhongguancun (中关村，a high-tech zone in the Haidian District of Beijing). The Beijing government will also start …read more
Questionnaire about the draft Overseas NGO Management Law
The second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law has recently been released on the NPC website for public consultation. China Charity Alliance together with China Development Brief and NGOCN have put together a questionnaire to collect opinions from the public. The results will be submitted to relevant government departments, they will not be made public and only be used for research purposes. If you have any questions about the questionnaire please send them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click http://www.sojump.com/jq/4955437.aspx#rd to view the questionnaire.
Draft overseas NGO law released online for public consultation
The second draft of the law that will bring sweeping new regulations to cover the activities of foreign NGOs in China has been put on the NPC website for public consultation. The “People’s Republic of China Foreign NGO Management Law (Draft Second Draft)”, which emerged out of discussions at the 14th session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, is displayed on the website in full. Comments about the draft can be made via the NPC website or by posting to the address listed below. The deadline for comments is the 4th June.
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Nicola Macbean, Founder and Director of The Rights Practice
An interview with Nicola Macbean, Founder and Director of The Rights Practice, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project.
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