Keyword: Volunteering

International volunteer service exchange conference held in Beijing

On October 12, the International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference’s opening ceremony was held in Beijing. The two-day conference was co-hosted by UN Volunteers and the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (北京市志愿服务联合会). The conference convened UN agencies, bilateral volunteer-involving organizations and government and civil society representatives from more than 20 middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Europe/CIS, the Middle East and Latin America. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alain Noudéhou spoke on behalf of the United Nations System in China at the opening ceremony. He also met the UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and other representatives from several of the Conference’s supporting organizations. During the Conference, proposals were put forward …read more

The government will establish a unified numbering system for volunteers

On September 14th, Ministry of Civil Affairs released a detailed interpretation of the Basic Specification of Volunteer Service Information System(志愿服务信息系统基本规范). It marks the first national standard for the information system of volunteerism. According to the interpretation, every volunteer in the country will have a unified number(统一编号)in the future. The Specification had been in the process of drafting for a year before its final release. It was drafted by volunteering organizations, universities, and other institutions. It provides standards for volunteering time, training, certification and it also has important reference for further improvement of the Volunteer Service Information System. The unified numbers (18 digits) for volunteers are set for the following reasons: (1) …read more

Guidelines released on forged volunteer service certificate

According to the official website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs(民政部), the Ministry along with Civilization Office of the Central Committee (中央文明办),the Central Committee of the Communist Young League (共青团中央), and Ministry of Education (教育部) recently released Guidelines on Standardizing the Certification of Volunteer Service Records (关于规范志愿服务记录证明工作的指导意见). According to the guidelines, individuals or work units (单位) that provide false voluntary service certificates should be recorded by relevant authorities and be announced to the public. The new regulation also points out that providers of volunteer service certificates (志愿服务记录证明) should meet all the following requirements: (1) They should be legally established organizations or work units; (2) The volunteer who needs the certificate …read more

China Youth Daily: what can NGOs do for China’s left-behind children?

The issue of China’s left-behind children issue has become the most discussed topic among Chinese NGOs. Most organizations agree that while material support for these children is important, mental and psychological needs are even more pressing.What kind of methods or models could Chinese NGOs follow to give psychological and mental support to left-behind children? The China Youth Daily writes that some Chinese NGOs (they use the term “social organizations” 社会组织) currently provide the following four types of services: 1. Community & non-professional service This type of service includes eenriching the daily lives of left-behind children by organizing after-school activities and installing facilities at schools. Research has shown that this type of service helps children become …read more

NGOCN: what can Chinese NGOs do for left-behind children?

What did NGOs in China do wrong? Several factors that could stop the Bijie children suicide incident from happening.

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Zhai Yan, Founder of Huizeren

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Zhai Yan, Founder of Huizeren

An interview with Zhai Yan, founder of Huizeren, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

What new Chinese NGO employees should know

This article summarizes some of the main obstacles people can encounter when entering the public welfare sector in China for the first time. As the author explains, because Chinese civil society organizations are not as developed as in other countries, many of them have flawed working practices. Thus, sometime it is difficult for new NGO workers to carry out their work smoothly. The author points out five major issues. Firstly, a lack of fixed responsibilities. Often, once you enter an NGO you will find that nobody has a fixed duty, and everyone is doing a bit of everything. This might be detrimental for one’s personal development, as well as slow down the …read more

The New Lei Fengs: From Sacrifice to Win-Win?

The New Lei Fengs: From Sacrifice to Win-Win?

CDB’s Tom Bannister introduces some of the themes that emerged from his research into Chinese NGO volunteerism, including the re-definition of volunteering and the impact of changed social values on volunteerism.

The China AIDS Walk 2013: Walking to Raise Awareness

The China AIDS Walk 2013: Walking to Raise Awareness

Shawn Shieh gives a personal account of taking part in the recently held China AIDS Walk, and discusses the strategies employed by the organizers that enabled them to successfully hold the event.

Oriental Morning Post – Weibo account shows a new trend in civic disaster relief methods

Weibo account shows a new trend in popular disaster relief methods 一条微博展示的民间慈善救灾新动向 By a senior figure from the charities sector 资深公益人士, Oriental Morning Post 东方早报, October 14, 2013 From the 6th to the 8th of October Typhoon Fitow caused a huge volume of rainfall to fall on Zhejiang province. The city of Yuyao in Ningbo county was the most seriously affected: more than 70% of the city was flooded, the elementary transport system was paralysed, and some districts lost power and water. According to Xinhua the city was cleared of water by the 13th. During the duration of the flooding, Yuyao’s non-governmental sector put in a remarkable performance to contribute …read more

The AIDS Walk: Promoting Public Service in China

The AIDS Walk: Promoting Public Service in China

In this timely article, CDB Deputy Editor, Guo Ting, discusses the China AIDS Walk, a grassroots-organized public service event to call attention to discrimination against people living with HIV-AIDS.

Voluntourism: Integrating Travel and Public Service

Voluntourism: Integrating Travel and Public Service

In this article, Fu Tao profiles the successes and challenges of an up-and-coming social enterprise in Chengdu that creates travel experiences with a public benefit bent.

A New Volunteer Organization (V-BUS) Emerges in Guangzhou

A New Volunteer Organization (V-BUS) Emerges in Guangzhou

As more grassroots NGOs have emerged in China over the last few years, this article by Wang Hui performs a valuable service in profiling a new volunteer-training NGO in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Bringing "Pro Bono" to Beijing: A Case Study in Localizing International Practices

Bringing "Pro Bono" to Beijing: A Case Study in Localizing International Practices

Amanda Brown-Inz profiles a partnership between the international nonprofit, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and the Chinese nonprofit, Huizeren Volunteering Development Center, to bring international “pro bono” volunteering practices to Beijing.

Between Heaven and Hell: Grassroots NGOs in Central China

Between Heaven and Hell: Grassroots NGOs in Central China

As part of CDB’s series on NGOs in Anhui, this article chronicles the struggles and slow progress of public service NGOs working in China’s central region of Henan, Shanxi, Anhui, Hebei and Hubei.

A Time Bank for Compassion: Giving Compassion a Value

A Time Bank for Compassion: Giving Compassion a Value

CDB Contributing Writer, Li Simin, profiles the work of the Henan NGO, Enlai Charity (河南恩来公益).

Chinese Volunteers to Test the Water in Africa

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

Action Changes Our Future - the Story of a Grassroots NGO

Action Changes Our Future – the Story of a Grassroots NGO

China’s NGO sector is being transformed by China’s younger generation whose interest and participation in this sector has grown rapidly over the last few years…..