Keyword: Capacity Building

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

2014 China Grassroots Transparency Rankings released in Shenzhen

The 2014 China Grassroots Transparency Rankings, sponsored by organisations including the Dunhe Foundation, Narada Foundation, SEE Foundation, Western Sunshine, and China Foundation Center, was released on March 15 in Shenzhen. The list was based around information from 1300 grassroots NGOs. The Grassroots Transparency Index (GTI), the evaluation model used by the List, was developed by Deng Guosheng and Cheng Wenhao, both professors of School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University. The main conclusions from the Rankings were: 1. Grassroots transparency had been increasing gradually, but there is still much room for further improvement. There were also big gaps between grassroots NGOs in terms of openness and transparency: the highest score achieved was 98.3 …read more

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Zhouhong, Former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation

Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Liu Zhouhong, Former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation

Interview with Liu Zhouhong, former Secretary-General of Narada Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project

Online course and scholarship for civil society capacity building launched in Beijing

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today in Beijing launched Building Capacity of CSOs in China, an online e-course and scholarship programme to deliver expert training and qualifications to people studying or working in Chinese Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Civil Society is a field rapidly growing in size and influence in China, with over 547,000 registered CSOs employing around 12 million full-time and part-time staff. The course is designed to improve the capabilities of these organisations by offering a tailor-made series of lectures by experts on technical skills such as fundraising, advocacy, governance and staff management. Participants who complete the five week free online course can receive a certificate of …read more

Public welfare crowdfunding in China: 2014’s most successful projects

Crowdfunding has recently become very popular on the internet. When crowdfunding appeared in China almost three years ago, no-one showed interest in it. It now has an impressive success rate. All kinds of public welfare projects, no matter how unusual, are now being on the Internet. The internet has proved to be a strong vehicle for public welfare crowd-funding: not only it increased the number of people willing to participate in public welfare projects; it has also increased public interest in the subject. Looking at general statistics about the growth of the crowd-funding movement, it is clear that the movement is booming in China. In just short period of time crowd-funding …read more

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 Shenzhen Charity Fair: Charity Banquet or Awkward Show?

The Shenzhen Charity Fair: Charity Banquet or Awkward Show?

The Shenzhen 2014 Charity Fair was held a few months ago. In this article, Chen Qian’er looks back on the 2013 Fair which raised a few important questions for the meaning of these kind of events in China.

As a social organization, how do you make the government buy your services?

The goal of this article is to provide social organizations with tips on how to obtain funding from the government.

Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas

Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas

In this article, the author analyzes the obstacles NGOs working in ethnic minority areas have to overcome in order to operate and develop.

Friends of the Disabled: A High-Tech Enterprise for People with Disabilities

Friends of the Disabled: A High-Tech Enterprise for People with Disabilities

In one of several CDB articles on the intersection of the civil society and business sectors, CDB Contributing Writer, Wang Hui, profiles one of China’s earliest and most successful social enterprises

Ma Zhengzhou: An AIDS Relief Practitioner on the Frontline

Ma Zhengzhou: An AIDS Relief Practitioner on the Frontline

As part of her series on NGOs in Anhui, Guo Ting tells the bittersweet story of an AIDS relief practitioner’s ultimately successful efforts to set up a Chi Heng Foundation office in Anhui province, register it as a NGO and deliver financial assistance to HIV-infected families in the area.

Domestic Workers Set Out Rules For Their Employers

Domestic Workers Set Out Rules For Their Employers

In this article, Han Hongmei uses the “I give the employers my set of rules” case study to analyze the emergence and multiplication of advocacy activities carried out by marginalized groups.

China’s Public Welfare Brain Drain

According to a new survey, many of China’s public welfare workers are choosing to leave the sector, causing a brain drain. Public welfare enterprises are seemingly unable to retain talent with up to 37.5% of those leaving public welfare jobs choosing to go into the private sector.

Interview with Wang Wei of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union

Interview with Wang Wei of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union

This article is an interview of Ms Wang Wei, chairwoman of the Xi’an Domestic Workers’ Union, in which she tells us her story and explains how the union was created.

China Fortune – Chinese women’s rights: 20 years after the World Women’s Conference

The article discusses the political and intellectual legacies of the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, including the deepened understanding of feminist theory, the growth of grassroots organizing, and the increase in international collaboration among NGOs

A Win-Win Situation: The Chengdu NGO Service Park

A Win-Win Situation: The Chengdu NGO Service Park

This article is part two of Fu Tao’s profile of the Chengdu NGO Service Park, one of a number of government-initiated platforms being established to provide support to fledgling NGOs.

The Chengdu NGO Service Park: an Interview with Xu Qizhi

The Chengdu NGO Service Park: an Interview with Xu Qizhi

Fu Tao interviews the Advisor for the new Chengdu NGO Service Park, a platform established by local party and government departments to provide incubation services to fledgling NGOs.

A Review of Civic Environmentalism in China in 2012

A Review of Civic Environmentalism in China in 2012

Feng Yongfeng, founder of the Green Beagle Environment Institute (达尔问自然求知社) and Nature University (自然大学), reviews the ups and downs in civic environmentalism in 2012.