Keyword: Public Welfare

How I help pull China's rural poor out of poverty

How I help pull China’s rural poor out of poverty

As an official charged with tackling deprivation, it falls to me to decide who qualifies for relief and who does not. Last April, jaded by my career as a video journalist, I volunteered to join an officially sanctioned nationwide poverty reduction program. I was sent to work in Chaoyang, a small village in eastern China’s Anhui province, where I would head up the program’s local branch until 2018. As a largely agricultural province, Anhui is home to China’s eighth-largest population of people living in poverty. As recently as 2015, this number stood at 3 million people. Fortunately, it has since been cut by about a third thanks to intensive relief …read more

App allows users to plant trees in Inner Mongolia

App allows users to plant trees in Inner Mongolia

A televised charity show called “Looking at trees in Alashan” has attracted much attention over the last few days. It does not feature a television anchor or a talk show, but rather eight ordinary people who travel to Inner Mongolia to look at the trees that they planted through an app. Since the show has an audience of about 200 million, it may become the world’s largest charity broadcast. The popularity of the show points to a larger trend, which is the creation of new fundraising methods that utilize the internet to solve various social issues. The background to the show is as follows: in August 2016, Alipay released a …read more

Paulson Institute awards fourth annual Paulson prize

Paulson Institute awards fourth annual Paulson prize

This article was originally published by the Paulson Institute. You can see the original here. The Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit “think and do” tank grounded in the principle that today’s most pressing economic and environmental challenges can be solved only if the United States and China work in complementary ways. Its mission is to strengthen U.S.-China relations and to advance sustainable economic growth and environmental protection in both countries. Founded in 2011 by Henry M. Paulson, Jr., the 74th Secretary of the Treasury and former Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs, the Institute is based in Chicago and has offices in Washington, San Francisco, and Beijing. Learn more at www.paulsoninstitute.org  The …read more

Li Keqiang's annual work report touches upon civil society

Li Keqiang’s annual work report touches upon civil society

As every year, premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report to the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 5. His report touched on various topics of relevance to civil society, including social work, the management of social organizations, poverty alleviation, community governance, institutional reform, child welfare protection and care for the elderly. Below we have summarized some of the most relevant points. Li Keqiang’s report stressed the need to push for the sound development of the public welfare sector, as a follow-up to the implementation of the Charity Law in September 2016. A series of related policies will continue …read more

Matchmaking events a shot at love for Chinese with disabilities

Li Mengqi was already reliant on screen-reading software — a limitation his girlfriend had come to accept. But in 2014, a vision test found that he had macular degeneration, making him disabled by Chinese standards. His girlfriend was devastated. Just a few days later, she called Li and ended their five-year relationship, saying circuitously that her mother had been pressuring her to break things off. Two years later, Li and around a hundred other young people attended a xiangqinhui, or matchmaking event, specifically organized with disabled people in mind. The biannual mixer was organized by the Jinguoyuan Matchmaking Agency. Most of the attendees were born in the 1970s or ’80s; there were …read more

From GONGOs to the Charity Law, 30 Years of Chinese Philanthropy

From GONGOs to the Charity Law, 30 Years of Chinese Philanthropy

This article, translated from Chinese, gives an overview of the last thirty years of history for philanthrophy in China. From government-organized NGOs to the recently implemented charity law, the progress and challenges of Chinese philanthropy are laid out in a clear and original fashion.

WeChat “Red Envelopes” sent over the Spring Festival donated to charity

Over the last few years, the ancient Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes filled with cash to friends and family during the Spring Festival has been taken up by the mobile phone app WeChat. The app now allows users to send each other virtual “Red Envelopes” containing money. During last year’s Spring Festival, over 8 billion such “Red Envelopes” were delivered by WeChat users. During this year’s Spring Festival, many charity organizations called on the public to donate a portion of the money they received in “Red Envelopes” over the Spring Festival, hoping to use the money to fund the organizations’ budgets or projects. According to the Yangtze Evening News, …read more

China’s ministries set goals on social issues for 2017

China’s central ministries recently held meetings to set their work plans for 2017 on social issues including environmental protection, housing, health and food safety. What will the focal points of their work be in 2017? Let’s take a look.   Environmental Protection Ministry The ministry revealed its plans to tackle Chinese cities’ notorious winter pollution, tightening the regulations on pollution in the winter season in the following six ways: clamping down on coal-fired boilers; intensifying supervision on bulk coal control in urban villages, mixed urban-rural areas and rural communities; staggering some business operations to non-peak periods during the winter; improving industrial emission standards; standardizing businesses that are low-cost, scattered, disordered …read more

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Luo Er, thank you for leaving us without an answer

Shenzhen man Luo Er’s attempt to raise funds for the treatment of his five-year old daughter, struck with leukaemia, turned into one of the most controversial incidents of the year for China’s charity sector. This article by Southern Weekly provides an in-depth analysis of the whole affair.

A Simple Guide to the Overseas NGO Law

A Simple Guide to the Overseas NGO Law

The Overseas NGO Law is China’s first national law directed at foreign NGOs operating in China. Want to know how it will affect you? Read on!

Guidelines on Registering a Representative Office and Filing to Conduct Temporary Activities for Overseas NGOs

Guidelines on Registering a Representative Office and Filing to Conduct Temporary Activities for Overseas NGOs

CDB’s English translation of the guidelines for registering a representative office and for filing for temporary activities for overseas NGOs in China.

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex public toilets are appearing in a number of Chinese cities. They can be seen as a way of providing more equality of service to women, and of being inclusive of those who don’t fit into the gender binary. This article from the China News website discusses the meaning of adopting such toilets, and the debate that has arisen around this issue.

Xinhua News Agency questions the result of national investigation on left-behind children

Xinhua News Agency questions the result of national investigation on left-behind children

The second conference on the care and protection for rural left-behind children was held on November 9th. An investigative report on the situation of China’s left-behind children was released during the meeting. A few days later, an article was published on the website of China’s official Xinhua News Agency questioning the results contained in the report. The article puts forward a number of questions regarding the report, the most interesting of which is related to the number of left-behind children. According to a previous report, there were about 61.02 million left-behind children in China. However, the result of this national investigation shows that at present only 9.02 million children are …read more

Free toilet paper project to improve sanitation in schools

Free toilet paper project to improve sanitation in schools

Although the toilet is a small place that can be easily ignored, it is a key factor in the creation of a culture of health and closely related to people’s living conditions. A “Toilet Culture Forum” was held at the Loujiang Experimental School in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, on November 6th. The forum was hosted by the Shenzhen International Philanthropy Institute and the Kunshan Yuting Foundation, and also gained support from Tsinghua University’s Ecological Design Centre and Beijing Normal University’s Toilet Culture Research Centre. Guests could not only visit an exhibition on “toilet culture”, but also participate in a discussion on students’ health and the Foundation’s free toilet paper project. The …read more

Health and poverty alleviation forum held in Beijing

Health and poverty alleviation forum held in Beijing

The Health and Poverty Alleviation Forum was held by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the Poverty Alleviation Office of the State Council (PAO) and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) in Beijing on October 16th, 2016, in order to mark the National Poverty Alleviation Day. The deputy director of the NHFPC Wang Peian, the deputy director of the PAO Zheng Wenkai, the vice-chairman of the CDPF Wang Naikun and the chairman of the China Population Welfare Foundation (CPWF) Zhao Bingtian attended the forum and gave speeches. During the forum, the “China social assistance platform for serious illnesses” (www.zgdbjz.org.cn) was launched. It is based on a database of …read more

China’s first ever public interest administrative litigation takes place

Half a year after the People’s Procuratorate of Qingyun county, Shandong province, decided to take legal action against the local Environmental Protection Bureau, the local court has pronounced the defendant guilty in the first instance judgment. The lawsuit has drawn much attention because it is the first ever public interest administrative litigation to take place since the start of a pilot program in which the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress empowered procuratorates to carry out such litigations. In October 2014, a chemical company named Qingshun was reported by local residents. The procuratorate then found out that the company had illegally produced 120,000 tons of dyestuff (mainly Amino-C Acids) per year …read more

Outlining the Development of the Chinese Charity Sector in 2015

Outlining the Development of the Chinese Charity Sector in 2015

This article from the Blue Book of Philanthropy 2015 provides a general overview of the trends and developments of the Chinese philanthropic sector over 2015, from the Charity Law and the explosion of online donations to the continuing scandals over malpractice and misuse of funds.

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

Alibaba Group: China’s online green consumers reach 65 million

On August 3rd, the Ali Research and Alibaba Foundation unveiled a Report on China’s Green Consumers in 2016. According to the report, the Internet has become the paramount arena for green consumption. By the end of 2015, the number of green consumers online had reached 65 million, increasing by 14 times over the previous four years. Consequently, the Alibaba retail platforms achieved 30 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduction during 2015. The report defines ‘Green Consumers’ as those who are mindful of the ecosystem and the environment and are willing and capable of purchasing green products. As China’s first big data analysis on the subject, the report draws on the …read more