Lawyers’ Tips for INGOs: How to Conduct Future Activities in Mainland China
In this article two NGO lawyers set out to answer some of the most common questions on how China’s new Overseas NGO Law will affect the cooperation between international and Chinese NGOs and the activities of overseas NGOs in China.
Revised Regulations on Foundation Management released online for public consultation
The draft of the Revised Regulations on the Management of Foundations has been published on the Ministry of Civil Affairs website for public consultation. The content of the Draft is displayed on the website in full. There are three ways to send your comment to the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China: 1. Visit the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (http://www.mca.gov.cn), click Feedback (互动), go down to the public consultation section (征求意见), click the link to Draft Regulation on Foundation Management, and submit your comment online. 2. Write an email to email@example.com 3. Write a letter and send it to the Legislative Affairs Commission …read more
Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index Released
Developed by the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University and sponsored by the Amway Charity Foundation, the “Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index” (中国儿童政策进步指数) was released for the first time in Beijing on the 31st of May, just as International Children’s Day was approaching. The Index shows that the 10 provinces to have made the largest progress in terms of children’s policies in 2014 are Zhejiang, Beijing, Jiangsu, Hubei, Chongqing, Shanghai, Shandong, Guangdong, Heilongjiang and Tianjin. The implementation and innovation of children’s policies in all 31 provinces, except for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, are evaluated systematically. The index aims to accelerate the development and protection of children’s rights. Policies …read more
China’s Philanthropy Development 2015 in a Nutshell
We here republish the abstract from the Chinese Academy of Social Science’s annual “Blue Book of Philanthropy” for 2016. The abstract summarises some of the blue book’s conclusions on the state of Chinese philanthropy over the previous year.
Five Considerations Regarding the Charity Law
Legal expert Dong Zi Jin provides an in-depth look at the possible effects of the new charity law on the future of China’s NGOs.
17% of Male Prison Inmates Used to Be Left-behind Children
The results of research on criminality and left-behind children conducted over the last three years by Zhang Dandan, an assistant professor at the National School of Development of Peking University, have been released. The scholar has been permitted to visit a male prison in a city on the eastern coast of China in order to conduct her research. The pool of participants involved includes 1200 inmates of this prison, and the researcher continuously spent nearly three months with her students in order to conduct the interviews and collect all the data. Initially, Professor Zhang did not focus on the area of left-behind children. However, after conducting a preliminary examination of …read more
60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves highlighted in Beijing
May 22 marks both International Day for Biological Diversity and the 60th anniversary of the initiation of nature reserves in China. These two occasions were highlighted by a conference held in Beijing by seven government departments, including China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). 600 representatives from the state and local governments participated in the conference. A document released by the MEP during the conference shows that there are currently 2740 nature reserves in China, covering 1,470,000 square kilometers. They occupy 14.83% of China’s total land area, which is higher than the world average. Over 90% of the different kinds of land ecosystem in the country, 89% of endangered species of …read more
New Policy on Equity Donations to Public Welfare Organizations Released
The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and the State Administration of Taxation released the “Announcement about Policy on Corporate Tax on Equities Donations to Public Welfare Organizations” (《关于公益股权捐赠企业所得税政策问题的通知》) on the 10th of May. According to this document, corporate equity donations to public welfare organizations should be considered as equity transfers, and the income from the equity transfer should be calculated based on the historical cost of the equities donated. The Announcement’s provisions are valid from January 1st, 2016. Following the release of the Charity Law, the carrying out of the Announcement remits the taxation on the increment of equity value. The equities in question include equities …read more
Report on China’s policy on the disabled released
May 15th marks China’s 26th National Day for Helping People with Disabilities (全国助残日)*. The country’s disabled people are currently around 85 million in number. Two days before the occasion, the China Philanthropy Research Institute (BNU) released the Progress Index Report of Policy on Persons with Disabilities in China (中国残疾人政策进步指数报告). The report covers 31 provinces nationwide and presents data from 2012 to 2014. According to the report, China has a good track record on the advancement of policies for assisting people with disabilities. In particular, the use of creative policy approaches at the regional level has reached a crescendo. This facilitates the overall policy improvement in China. The report uses eight first-order indexes including …read more
How foreign non-profit organisations should respond to China’s new Overseas NGO Management Law
This policy paper outlines the challenges of compliance and non-compliance and proposes ‘smart indigenisation’ as a third way to deal with the new law. By forging partnerships with credible domestic partners, foreign non-profit organisations can be principled, pragmatic and people-centred at the same time.
Law on overseas NGOs to come into force in January
On April 28th, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved the People’s Republic of China’s Law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs within Mainland China with 147 votes in favour, 1 contrary vote and 1 abstention. The law will come into force on the 1st of January 2017. As the first ever law of its kind in China, it will clarify the registration process and regulate the activities and operations of all foreign NGOs active within Mainland China. The approval comes at the end of a long legislative process, which includes the issuing of two draft versions of the law, the second of which was open …read more
English Translation of China’s New Law on Overseas NGOs
CDB‘s English translation of The People’s Republic of China’s Law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs within Mainland China
Xinhua: Draft law on overseas NGOs submitted for third reading
According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, the draft of the overseas NGO law (see here for CDB’s translation of the second draft of the Law) was submitted for its third reading on Monday to the bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which runs from Monday to Thursday. The NPC Law Committee suggested in a review report that the bill should be put for a vote at this session. Xinhua reported that lawmakers held panel discussions to review the bill on Monday afternoon, joined by Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. According to a press release issued after the discussions, they agreed …read more