What is CDB (English)?
China Development Brief (English) was started in the spring of 2011 to provide English-language translations of China Development Brief’s (CDB) reporting on the civil society sector in China. We are a translation project under the Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center (BCSDRC) which publishes the Chinese-language CDB. Our mission is to improve understanding and cooperation between the international community and China’s growing civil society sector, and in turn, to give that sector a greater voice in the international community. We do this by providing edited translations of CDB’s Chinese-language reporting on China’s civil society sector, and passing on news of important developments in civil society overseas to CDB.
We believe that CDB (English) will serve two important, beneficial goals. One is provide the international community with authoritative, independent information issues related to civil society and social development in China. The other is to provide a platform for internationalizing China’s civil society by giving it more visibility and making it aware of important developments in civil society outside of China.
What is BCSDRC?
Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center is a nonprofit established in 2003 as an information-sharing and networking platform for NGOs. It publishes the Chinese-language CDB, China’s longest-running, independent online and print publication covering the nonprofit, NGO sector in China.
BCSDRC’s mission is to independently and objectively report on and promote civil society development in China. By initiating discussion and debates on important issues about civil society and development, by establishing a platform for information sharing and networking for NGOs, and providing a space for NGOs to express their opinion, BCSDRC aims to empower Chinese NGOs and create an enabling environment for their development.
What is CDB?
China Development Brief is a Chinese-language online and print publication started in 1998. It was conceived as an “information platform and capacity building tool” for China’s growing nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. It reports on nonprofit organizations and NGOs engaged in public welfare activities. It carries feature articles and interviews on topics of interest to China’s civil society organizations, and exchanges ideas on topics related to the development of China’s civil society. Quarterly issues of CDB are printed and distributed to Chinese NGOs, researchers, international development agencies, and Chinese government agencies engaged in poverty alleviation, sustainable development and social welfare projects. CDB currently has more than 47,000 subscribers to its online newsletter and 5,000 to its print issues.
The CDB Team
The Center has 12 full-time staffs and one part-time staff. They are:
Mrs. CHEN Yimei
Shawn Shieh, Ph.D., Director
Tom Bannister, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Chinese Editorial Staff
Liu Haiying, Ph.D., Editor
Guo Ting, Associate Editor
Lu Xiaohong, Associate Editor
Fu Tao, Senior Researcher Based in Chengdu
Ren Guangkuo, Cashier and Administrator
LENG Haifang, Accountant
Zhao Nanzhu, Website Assistant
Zhang Gengrui, legal representative and Managing Director