Survey on the living conditions of China’s 61 million left-behind children
The Beijing News writes that the four children who committed suicide in Bijie are indicative of the mental state and living conditions of China’s “left-behind children”. The number of “left-behind children” in Chinese rural areas is always on the rise as the migrant population keeps expanding. In 2014 it reached 61.0255 million, which means that 1 in every 5 children in China is “left-behind”. The article also mentions a 2014 survey conducted by the NGO “On the Road to School”(上学路上), which looked at left-behind children in the rural areas of six cities and provinces. The survey, based on 2131 completed questionnaires, highlights aspects of the children’s lives such as how the absence of parents and poor grades at school negatively …read more
Solving the challenges facing ‘left-behind children’ requires efforts from everyone
On June 9th, four “left-behind children (留守儿童)” committed suicide in their home in Bijie, Guizhou. The tragic incident follows another three years ago, when five left-behind children died in Bijie after lighting a fire in a dustbin. The tragedy has once again brought national attention to the many problems facing children left behind by China’s migrant labourers. A Nanfang Daily article argues that these problems aren’t easy to solve and require coordinated efforts from both government and non-government. According to the article there are two possible solutions: one is to have parents come home (让爸妈回家) and the other one is to have children leave with their parents (跟爸妈离开). These might sound simple but to really …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Duan Tao of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation
An Interview with Duan Tao, Secretary General of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
An interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” series
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Howard Liu, OXFAM China Programme Director
An interview with Howard Liu, OXFAM China Programme Director, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” series
China launches new plan for children development in impoverished areas
On January 15th, 2015, the State Council published the «Plan for the development of children in impoverished areas 2014 – 2020» that should benefit 40 million children. The plan aims at bringing the living conditions of these children up to national standards.
PGS in China – A Development Tool for Local Organic Agriculture?
Cornelia Kirchner discusses the use of Participatory Guarantee Systems as a way to promote organic agriculture in China in light of her experience working with the Beijing Farmers Market.
For the first time, the number of urban and rural residents with pension insurance decreases
Human Resources and Social Security departments recently released data from January to April which shows that 496,850,000 urban and rural people are insured, which 650,000 people less than the number recorded at the end of the 2013.
NGO Participation in Disaster Relief : Profiles of Reconstruction After the Sichuan Earthquake
This is our last in a series of articles on NGO responses to disasters that we are making available in commemoration of the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan. This article highlights the ongoing work of 10 NGO projects in the long-term reconstruction work in the earthquake-stricken areas of Sichuan.
Chinese Volunteers to Test the Water in Africa
This article profiles two Chinese volunteers who are in the first batch of volunteers to be sent overseas by China through the international organization, Volunteer Services Overseas (UK). These volunteers will participate in international poverty-relief and development efforts in Africa
A Roundtable Discussion on Rural Library Projects
Rural library projects are a standard undertaking in the education sector. Some of these projects began operating long ago, while new organizations have entered the scene. In the span of just a few short years these projects have undergone some important changes
The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation Internationalizes
In the 1980s and 1990s, China was a leading recipient of international aid but that is slowly beginning to change with China’s rapid development over the last 30 years.