Keyword: Social Organization

The Struggle Against Autism in China

The Struggle Against Autism in China

Chinese parents found online platform that provides free evaluation and intervention plan to battle against autism.

Wang Zhenyao’s Analysis of the Congress Report

Wang Zhenyao, Dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University and the China Global Philanthropy Institute, is a famous figure within China’s charity sector. In a recent interview with the China Philanthropy Times (公益时报), he shared his thoughts on the report of the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress. During the interview, Wang was asked what effect the inclusion of social organizations as a pathway towards consultative democracy would have, and the consequent change in social organizations’ political status. Wang claimed that the inclusion of social organizations into the system of consultative democracy clearly reflected the enhancement of their political functions. Lots of social affairs have become priorities in the …read more

The 19th CPC National Congress and how it relates to the charity sector

The 19th CPC National Congress and how it relates to the charity sector

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s report on the opening day of the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress has attracted much worldwide interest and coverage. The China Philanthropy Times (公益时报), the most prestigious news outlet within China’s charity sector, published an article yesterday analyzing how the report is relevant to the charity sector, and specifically focusing on the role of social organizations in a consultative democracy, a theme touched upon during the congress. The article focuses specifically on three issues. First of all, it points out the difficulties for social organizations that want to participate in consultation. The article claims it to be a pleasant surprise that social organizations are included in the report …read more

Overseas NGOs Registration Workshop: Q&A Session

Overseas NGOs Registration Workshop: Q&A Session

Our translation of the Q&A sessions from CDB’s recent workshop on the registration of overseas NGOs in China.

NGO started by Shanghai high school student brings soccer to China's left-behind children

NGO started by Shanghai high school student brings soccer to China’s left-behind children

Shelly Huang is a high school student in the Shanghai American School, a well-known international school based in Shanghai. Blessed with a comfortable life in a cosmopolitan city, Shelly felt the need to do something to help some of China’s 61 million left-behind children, youths living mostly in rural areas whose parents work in other parts of China. Often brought up by elderly relatives, they are forced to grow up without their parents by their side, something which is considered to be a serious social issue. Realizing that she was powerless to bring these children and their parents back together again, she decided to focus on giving left-behind children more …read more

New Government Notice on Work Permits for Foreign Staff in Overseas NGOs

New Government Notice on Work Permits for Foreign Staff in Overseas NGOs

CDB’s translation of a report on a recent government notice on the handling of work permits for the foreign staff of overseas NGOs

Statistics on the public welfare sector in 2016: 702,000 social organizations, 82.7 billion donations and 288,000 social workers

In early August, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued the “2016 statistical bulletin on social service development” (hereinafter referred to as “bulletin”). The bulletin shows that by the end of 2016 the total number of social organizations reached 702,000, an increase of 6% over the previous year. The number of employees in this field had also risen to 7.637 million people. In 2016, including social organizations, social donations were 82.7 billion Yuan. Besides, 288,000 social workers have been contributing to the public welfare sector. Among these 702,000 social organizations, 361,000 are private non-enterprise units, and 336 of them are social groups. The number of foundations is 5559 in total, and this figure …read more

Same Bed, Different Dreams? The Divergent Pathways of Foundations and Grassroots NGOs in China

Same Bed, Different Dreams? The Divergent Pathways of Foundations and Grassroots NGOs in China

The cooperation between China’s wealthy philanthropic foundations and the country’s many grassroots NGOs has often been uneasy and fraught with misunderstanding, and levels of support and funding remain low. This paper by Shawn Shieh examines the reasons for this disconnect, and offers possible solutions.

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

The Executive Vice President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, a pioneer among Chinese NGOs for its work in Africa, speaks with CDB about the motivations, challenges and prospects for the globalization of China’s NGOs.

China's first equity charitable trust established

China’s first equity charitable trust established

In the last few days, the trustee of SDIC Taikang Trust Company finished filing with Beijing’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, marking the establishment of China’s first equity charitable trust. The trust was set up principally by one individual, whose contribution to the trust exceeded 480 thousand yuan, which will be used to promote nationwide literacy education research and other education-related projects. The trust is being administered by Shanghai Adream Charitable Foundation with Beijing Zhong Sheng Law Firm acting as its trust supervisor and Bohai Bank acting as the treasurer. Since the implementation of the Charity Law in September 2016, charitable trusts have been developing at a rapid pace in China. Out …read more

China’s NGOs Go Global: True Stories from a Program Director

China’s NGOs Go Global: True Stories from a Program Director

There is an increasing number of Chinese NGOs that have become active overseas. What challenges do they face when operating abroad? The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation’s program director recounts some of his experiences and cultural misunderstandings from when he worked in Sudan.

Chinese charities exploding in growth, but lacking transparency

Chinese charities exploding in growth, but lacking transparency

Statistics on charitable foundations in China were announced recently at a public funds forum jointly held by Tsinghua University’s Anti-Corruption and Governance Research Center and the China Foundation Center. Among statistics announced at the meeting, some of the more eyebrow-raising were those on the growth and transparency of China’s public funds over the past five years. “As of April 2017, net assets of China’s 5688 foundations totaled nearly 120 billion yuan, while their average value of transparency index was only 48.29 which is disappointing,” Professor Cheng of the School of Public Administration stated at the forum. Five years ago however, there were only 2700 foundations in China, whose combined assets …read more

China to host Asia’s largest social work conference

China to host Asia’s largest social work conference

On April 20, the “The Preparation Meeting for the 24th Asia-Pacific Joint Regional Social Work Conference ” was convened in Shenzhen. The Conference is to be held on September 26-29, 2017 which will mark the first time that the International Federation of Social Workers of Asia-Pacific (IFSW Asia-Pacific) chose China to host the event. The president of China Association of Social Workers Gong Puguang spoke at the preparation meeting along with Jin Li, the deputy secretary general of the association. The conference was attended by the director of Shenzhen’s Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, Liao Yuanfei and many other leaders from Shenzhen area. At the third session of the Conference in 2015, China expressed interest in holding …read more

Defining Chinese “Charity” - Comparative Perspectives and Suggestions

Defining Chinese “Charity” - Comparative Perspectives and Suggestions

Through the lens of comparative law, this article discusses how the Chinese definition of charity compares to the British and American definitions; and what lessons Chinese regulators can adopt from both countries in promoting the implementation of the newly enacted Charity Law.

Overseas NGOs successfully register in Sichuan and Guangdong

On April 6, the Sichuan Public Security Bureau held a small ceremony for two overseas NGOs that successfully completed their registrations. The Development Organisation of Rural Sichuan (DORS) and the MSI Professional Services are officially the first overseas NGOs to obtain registration credentials in Sichuan province. Guangdong is also issuing credentials to foreign NGOs, with the Zhang Xueliang Foundation, the Sun Yat-sen Fraternity Foundation, World Vision and the Gyeonggi Do Economic Development Institute of Science all successfully registering with the Guangdong Public Security Bureau in the last few weeks. This brings the total of successfully registered overseas NGOs in the province to 11. Since the implementation of the Overseas NGO …read more

China’s Implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law

China’s Implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law

In this piece Tsinghua University professor Jia Xijin takes a look at how the first month of implementation of China’s Overseas NGO Law unfolded.

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.

An Interview with the Guangdong Overseas NGOs Administration Office

An Interview with the Guangdong Overseas NGOs Administration Office

A translated interview with an official from Guangdong’s Overseas NGOs Administration Office, exploring how international NGOs can successfully register in Mainland China.