Wang Zhenyao: Turning around to face the past three years without regret, this is the life that I wanted
By Hou Lixin 侯力新, Phoenix News Public Welfare 凤凰网公益, December 10, 2013
Wang Zhenyao has now spent three years as the President of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, after serving for twenty years in the Ministry of Civil Affairs, with his last post being the Director-General of the Department of Social Welfare. Wang does not regret his decision to leave the government agency: “It makes me feel satisfied and happy, it’s exactly what I wanted to do after leaving”.
In Wang’s opinion, in the thirty years of reform and opening-up the transformation of Chinese society has been presented with many opportunities. Even though Wang has been involved with promoting many changes within the system, he still believes that there are not enough people involved in working to help society. However, this is slowly beginning to change. When Wang joined the China Philanthropy Research Institute it only had a few employees. It now has more than 40 full-time workers, as well as at least ten more interns and volunteers. Wang believes that this growth is a microcosm of the positive development that the Chinese public welfare sector has enjoyed in recent years. With regards to Chinese public welfare, Wang says that the biggest changes that have occurred over the past three years have been an increased openness of policy and that the relationship between civil society organizations and the government has grown more harmonious. He also believes that the results of the Third Plenum should usher in some great, new opportunities for further development of the sector.
Summary by Tom Bannister. See article for full text.