Keyword: Social Service

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】There is the Market, but where is the Fairness?

【Marketizing the NGO Sector】There is the Market, but where is the Fairness?

The marketization of China’s NGO sector has been the object of much debate in recent years. This article presents the views of an author who feels that the forces of the market are incompatible with the sector’s identity and values.

Li Liguo:China’s philanthropy welcomes new opportunities

The 2016 Chinese Social Work Industry Development Forum was held in Beijing on June 16. The event was organized by the China Social Work Union, with the cooperation of the China Social Work Development Foundation, the Beijing Social Workers Association, and the Social Work College of the Open University of China. The honorary chairman of the China Social Work Union Xu Ruixin, the chairman of the China Social Work Union Gong Puguang, and other specialists and scholars attended the forum. By the end of 2015, 455 new social work industry associations had been established in China, a figure 57.4% higher than the equivalent for 2014. These 455 industry associations include 30 …read more

China’s first campaign to promote gender-neutral bathrooms begins with Beijing bars

A campaign has been initiated in Beijing to promote gender-neutral bathrooms, starting with the city’s bars. The campaign was launched in May by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI), urging private organizations to put up “All Gender Toilet” signs on their restrooms. The campaign, which has received help from the UN Women and UN Development Program, has so far been a success, with more than 30 non-governmental offices, bars and coffee shops taking part, Women of China reports. BGHEI also plans to create a map of all the gender-neutral bathrooms in the city. The signs feature three figures: one in a dress, one in trousers and one with a dress …read more

Alumni from Fudan, Tsinghua and China Agricultural University shown to be the most generous donors

On June 7th, the Hurun Research Institute released the “2016 Hurun Philanthropy List”, which shows that alumni from Fudan University, Tsinghua University and China Agricultural University donate money the most generously. Donations in the field of education mainly consist of donating money to one’s own alma mater. The list shows that Fudan University, Tsinghua University and China Agricultural University successively received the most donations. Other universities which have received more than 100 million yuan from their alumni include Peking University, Shenzhen University, the South-Western University of Finance and Economics and Sun Yat-Sen University. People are also making more and more donations to universities unrelated to them. For instance, entrepreneur Chen Yidan …read more

2016 China Child Welfare Week begins

The 2016 China Child Welfare Week has been launched by the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University on the 30th of May 2015, just before International Children’s Day. With the support of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) and the United Nations’ International Children’s Emergency Fund, this year’s China Child Welfare Week is focused on the establishment of a children’s welfare service system. During the launching ceremony, the Deputy Director of the MCA’s Social Welfare and Philanthropy Promotion office, Xu Jian, and the division chief of the Working Committee of Women and Children at the State Council, He Lianhui, delivered speeches. They emphasised that Chinese governments have paid …read more

Revised Regulations on the Registration and Management of Civil Non-Enterprise Units released online for public consultation

The Provisional Regulations on the Registration and Management of Civil Non-Enterprise Unit (Revised Draft for Public Consultation) has been released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China after an in-depth investigation and an experiential summary. The new law is supposed to revise the existing regulations in order to better reflect the status and attributes of social service organizations. Comments on the draft can be made via several different ways listed below. The deadline for comments is the 26th of June. 1) Comments can be submitted via the website http://www.mca.gov.cn. 2) Comments can be sent as emails to zcfgs@mca.gov.cn. 3) Comments can also be posted to the …read more

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

A Confucius School was opened inside a prison in Luzhong, Shandong Province, in the beginning of the month. Unlike the more famous Confucius Institutes, the Confucius Schools are a large-scale cultural program organized by the China Confucius Foundation with the aim of spreading Confucian thought, promoting traditional culture, and strengthening local communities. Starting in July 2014 over five hundred schools have been opened in mainland China, including provinces like Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Tibet. This Confucius School in Luzhong is the first school the foundation has opened inside a prison. Staff members at the prison said that the school helped to provide educational resources and professional knowledge which were mostly unavailable to …read more

Beijing Government Releases New Policies on Community Care for the Elderly

The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau has released a document on the “Ten Policies on Support and Care for the Elderly at Home”. The document, released on the 18th of May, covers topics including support for the elderly, residency and medical care. During the media conference Hongbing Li, the spokesman for the Bureau, claimed that the Beijing government would build community service centers to provide daytime care, calling services, food delivery, health guidance, entertainment and counselling for free. By 2020, community service centers will cover all the communities in Beijing. Counting the current elderly care centers in residential districts, 96% of the elderly in Beijing will be taken care of near home. Li …read more

China’s first guidebook on assisting physical activities for blind people launched in Beijing

On March 29th, the Beijing HongDanDan Education and Cultural Exchange Center(北京红丹丹视障文化服务中心) launched a event about the publishment of its new guidebook, which gives advice to assisting blind people doing physical activities.

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (国家新闻出版广电总局) recently released a Draft of the new Nationwide Reading Promotion Regulations for public solicitation, following the Legislative Plan of the State Council (国务院立法工作计划). Nationwide reading promotion had already been proposed as a national policy in 2013 during the “two sessions” (the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference). With the new draft regulations being released, the topic is once again under the spotlight. Echoing this tide, a variety of free reading spaces have sprung up all over China during recent years. One particularly successful example worth mentioning is …read more

State Council encourages social organizations to help the poor

A document entitled The Opinion on Further Improvement on the Poor Support System has been released by China’s State Council on the 10th of February. The document points out that it is necessary to ensure the basic livelihoods of the poor and improve the systems of social support. It also encourages social organizations to provide impoverished people with voluntary services, services bought from the government and charitable donations, creating a harmonious environment in which the whole of society cares for the poor and gets involved in helping them. If poor people need to be looked after at home, the government can ask their relatives, friends, social organizations or organizations offering social work services …read more

CFPA: over 90% of undergraduates have participated in volunteer activities

More than 90% of Chinese college students have volunteered to donate clothes, blood, and to provide social services, according to “The 2015 Report of Chinese College Students and Charity” by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation(CFPA).

Report expresses concern over Chinese NGO workers’ mental health

While devoting themselves to the welfare of others, people who work in public welfare appear to suffer from great pressures and anxiety themselves. More than 30% of those working in the NGO sector have been experiencing moderate to severe anxiety and depression,  according to a report on the mental health of those working in public welfare.  The report was launched by “YiBaoYiXin”(益宝益心)- a Program for the Mental Health of Chinese NGO Workers”, a program initiated by the Beijing Shangshan Public Foundation and “YiBao Plan” (益宝计划) and financed by the Dunhe Foundation, which places its focus on the mental health of those who work in the charity sector. The report also points out …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs’ five measures to support the rural elderly

On January 25th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Community Service System Building Plan (2011-2015)”and the “Social Pension System Building Plan (2011-2015)”during its regular news conference, demonstrating how it was implemented during China’s 12th Five Year Plan and the prospects for the 13th Five Year Plan. According to Zhen Bingliang, vice director of the Social Benefits Center at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, rural elder care is a challenging issue. There are a large number of left-behind elderly, people of a very advanced age and senior citizens with empty nests who are currently leading extremely difficult lives. The solutions that the Ministry of Civil Affairs has been exploring since the 12th …read more

New SOE categories: profitable firms and social enterprises

The State Council, the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission jointly released the Guiding Opinions on the Definition and Classification of the Functions of State Owned Enterprises (SOE)( 《关于国有企业功能界定与分类的指导意见》) on December 29. This document divides SOEs into two categories, profitable firms and firms dedicated to public welfare, according to what type of business they conduct. Different policies on reform, development, supervision and evaluation are set out for the two categories. The aim of profitable firms is defined as enlarging the function of state-owned capital, maintaining the value of state-owned assets and realizing their appreciation. They are encouraged to make use of market mechanisms, operate independently in accordance with …read more

Support for Social Organizations from the 2016 Central Government Budget Available

The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) has issued the 2016 Implementation Plan on Support for Social Organizations Participating in Social Services Provision through the Central Government Budget (《2016年中央财政支持社会组织参与社会服务项目实施方案》). The entire budget, aimed at supporting social organizations which have projects focused on aiding the aged, the disabled and children, as well as on social work, capacity building and staff training, is estimated to reach 200 million Yuan. The plan for 2016 is that the Central Government budget will not support organizational activities related to basic infrastructure, research and advocacy. Regarding social organizations with projects that have a broader range of beneficiaries such as those involving lectures, seminars or book granting, a stricter selection and …read more