Oxfam and two more overseas NGOs register in Beijing
Three overseas NGOs were recently awarded registration credentials and chief representative certificates by the Beijing Public Security Bureau in Beijing, including the SportAccord Asia-Pacific Headquarters (Macau), Oxfam (Hong Kong) and the France Export Céréales. For Oxfam this is the fourth registration in China, after registering representative offices in Guangdong, Gansu and Yunnan earlier this year. Yan Dongsheng, director of the Overseas NGOs Management Office of the Beijing Public Security Bureau, congratulated the three organizations on the successful registration of their Beijing representative offices. He assured that the public security organs will continue to facilitate ONGOs’ activities, and safeguard their legitimate rights and interests in China. Meanwhile, he also expressed his hope that ONGOs will carry …read more
Lesbian expatriate wins lawsuit in Hong Kong over spousal visa application
On September 26th, the Hong Kong Appeal Court ruled in favour of a British woman, identified only as QT, whose application for a spousal visa had been rejected because her partner, who is working in Hong Kong, is a woman. QT and her partner had already entered a civil partnership in the UK, before her partner got her job in Hong Kong; however, when QT tried to apply for a dependent’s visa in Hong Kong, she was refused with the motivation that she was not a ‘spouse’. QT then sued Hong Kong immigration last year and lost the first case, but she appealed and on the 25th of September won the …read more
The first year of the Charity Law summed up
It has been just over a year since China’s Charity Law came into force on September 1st 2016. In a recent article for the China Social Organizations Magazine, professor Jia Xijin from Tsinghua University went through six focal points concerning the law’s implementation. We have tried to summarize them below: 1. Who has been regulated by the charity law? The main focus of the Charity Law is concentrated on charitable organizations. Therefore, the Charity Law regulates the establishment and operation of charitable organizations. 2. Has there been any progress in direct registration？ According to the Charity Law, in order to establish charitable organizations it is necessary to apply for registration with …read more
Statistics on ONGOs’ Registrations and Temporary Activities, January to August
This article offers an overview of the statistics on Overseas NGOs registering in China under the new legal framework, looking at the period from January until August 2017.
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.
Overseas NGOs register in Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Henan and Zhejiang
A number of overseas NGOs have recently completed their registrations throughout China. Eight overseas NGOs were recently awarded registration credentials and chief representative certificates in Beijing, including the Fédération Française de Football office (FR), Junior Achievement (U.S), the Wildlife Conservation Society (U.S), the U.S Meat Export Federation (U.S), the Sun Culture Foundation (HK), the World Steel Association (BE), the Korea Chamber of Commerce & industry (KR) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce And Industry (IN). Junior Achievement’s Beijing office presented a thank-you banner to the municipal PSB for their warm and efficient services. In Inner Mongolia, the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB issued registration credentials and …read more
Professor Jia Xijin: the First Six Months of the ONGO Law’s Implementation
This talk by Tsinghua professor Jia Xijin looks at the first half-year of the Overseas NGO Law’s implementation, and how overseas NGOs can face the challenges they encounter when trying to register.
Dr. Zhang Lingxiao’s Presentation on the ONGO Law
A presentation by Dr. Zhang Lingxiao, Director of the Jingshi Law Firm, given during CDB’s recent workshop on the registration of foreign NGOs. It focuses on the legal practicalities related to the Overseas NGO Law.
Report: China has the potential to transform philanthropic sector
Philanthropic actors in China have the potential to transform the charity sector in the country while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report released on Monday. The report titled “Philanthropy for the SDGs in China” was jointly released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and China Foundation Center (CFC) during the ongoing Beijing Charity Week. The report is the outcome of a joint program under the same name by the two organization launched in January 2017. It aims to mobilize Chinese philanthropic actors to achieve the SDGs by linking philanthropic actions to those goals and showing their contributions to the development agenda through a real-time …read more
National charity information platform launched, aims to promote public trust
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has launched a National Charity Information Platform (全国慈善信息公开平台), with the aim of making it easier for the public to find information about charitable organizations and supervise their activities. The opening ceremony was held on September the 4th. The launching of this platform is a response to last year’s Charity Law, which requires that charitable organizations be transparent with their information. By 8 AM on September 4th, the platform had released information regarding 2,134 charitable organizations and 38 charitable trust filings. Out of these organizations, 517 have qualifications for public fundraising; they released information about 837 public fundraising activities and 1,595 charity projects through the platform. During the opening …read more
10 years since China’s ban on plastic bags, food delivery services now a major source of plastic waste
It has been almost 10 years since December 2007, when a ban on free plastic bags went into effect across China. An article has appeared on Chinese media outlet Ifeng, asking what the ban’s results have been. Observation reveals that there are still small supermarkets and shops that provide free plastic bags for their customers. The real issue however is that the break-neck development of food delivery services and online shopping in recent years has created a major new source of plastic pollution. The huge popularity of food delivery services in Chinese cities represents a particular environmental headache. Most of the take-out lunch boxes are made of non-degradable materials, which increases …read more
Professional Supervisory Unit issues procedures for partnering with Overseas NGOs
The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development issued two documents on August 22, clarifying the procedures for overseas NGOs that want to apply for the Office to serve as their professional supervisory unit (PSU) or as their Chinese partner unit (CPU) for filing temporary activities. The first document, entitled “Work Measures for Processing Foreign NGOs’ Professional Supervisory Unit Applications and Related Matters (Trial)”, outlines the procedures for foreign NGOs that wish to make the Office the PSU for their representative office, while the second document, “Work Measures for Foreign NGOs’ Temporary Activity Filings and Related Matters (Trial)”, explains the procedures for filing a temporary activity in conjunction …read more
Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation
An interview with Elizabeth Knupp, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, about the Ford Foundation’s experience registering in China under the Overseas NGO Law and its future plans in the country.
Ministry of civil affairs announces two new standards to regulate online fundraising platforms
Tencent’s well known “9/9 charity day” is coming up in just over a month, and many of China’s charity organizations are actively preparing for it. The occasion highlights the importance of China’s online fundraising platforms (hereinafter referred to as platforms), but there is a perceived need to improve such platforms’ management. On July 30, the Ministry of Civil Affairs officially announced two recommended industrial standards: the “Basic technical specifications for online fundraising platforms for charitable organizations” and the “Basic management specifications for online fundraising platforms for charitable organizations”. The two standards strengthen overall supervision, and establish a rule that if platforms fail to pass a government assessment twice, their qualifications will be canceled. Meanwhile, the …read more
A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law
This article provides an insightful analysis on the registration of overseas NGOs in China since the new law was passed, accompanied with numerous graphs and statistics.