The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation deepens its involvement in Africa
On June 26, the international seminar “Global Management: China-Africa education cooperation and people-to-people exchanges” was held at the African Institute of Zhejiang Normal University. During the seminar Wu Peng, the director of the international development department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), gave a talk about the poverty reduction projects that the CFPA has been carrying out in Africa recently, setting a pioneering path for Chinese foundations. As Wu Peng explained, since 2007 the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has carried out projects involving maternal and paediatric hospitals, school canteens, care packages, water cellars, and women’s professional training in countries including Guinea Bissau, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Namibia, and Ghana. They have …read more
Wu Peng: Bringing the Chinese Experience to the World
The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation was the first Chinese organization to bring development assistance to other countries. In this interview their director for international operations Wu Peng shares his rich experience of working across the world.
Chinese NGOs Working Abroad: the Top Ten Stories of 2018
Chinese NGOs are starting to expand their work internationally. This translated article presents some of the most interesting cases from the past year.
Ten Important Developments for China’s Foreign Aid in 2018
The ten most important developments for Chinese foreign aid in 2018, as seen by Professor Tang Lixia from the China Agricultural University.
Panel Discussion: how can International NGOs Help Chinese ones to “Go Out”?
The transcript of a panel discussion in which five guests from important civil society organizations discuss the prospects for Chinese NGOs that want to expand their work abroad, and how international NGOs can assist them in their efforts.
A roundup on Chinese NGOs going out
In the forty years since the “Reform and Opening up” begun, China has transformed itself from a poverty-stricken country into an economic superpower. This economic strength has provided China with an opportunity to be a significant force in the arena of international civil society. The presence of Chinese NGOs and charities in other countries is no longer unusual, especially in the area of humanitarian aid. Even so, there is a long way to go before Chinese civil society can really pull its weight overseas. Below is a roundup of all the reports and material on Chinese NGOs “going out” that CDB has published over the last few years. We hope it can …read more
Beijing’s Public Security Bureau Explains the Overseas NGO Law
A translation of the talk given by an official from the NGO Management Office of Beijing’s PSB at CDB’s recent forum, including an extremely detailed rundown of the legal requirements for overseas NGOs based on the practical problems encountered over the last years.
Call for NGOs to be included in China’s foreign aid framework
Chinese foundations have been ramping up their involvement in international aid, but they are still faced with lots of problems. These challenges include unclear positioning, obscure policies, and restrictions set around finance and personnel. On December 7th, the 28th Bimonthly Salon of Foundations was held in Beijing, organized by the Chinese Red Cross Foundation with sponsorship from the China Association for Non-profit Organizations. The theme of the salon pivoted around “the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation on humanitarian public welfare”. Relevant issues were explored, such as the role of and challenges to Chinese foundations in foreign aid and in the BRI infrastructure. The salon participants also discussed the recent draft of …read more
Professor Jia Xijin: Two Years of the Overseas NGO Law
Tsinghua Professor Jia Xijin’s talk from CDB’s recent forum for Overseas NGOs.
Experts urge further cooperation among NGOs in the Lancang-Mekong region
Editor’s Note This article was originally published by China Watch on the 24th of November, and written by Bu Yingna. You can find the original here. Experts highlighted the importance of the non-governmental organizations in helping maintain the sustainable development of the Lancang-Mekong cooperation mechanism, at the Civil Society Forum in theme of Sustainable Socio-Economic Development in the Lancang-Mekong Region organized by China Association for NGO Cooperation in Kunming, Yunnan province on Nov 23. They also proposed detailed guidance for NGOs to improve work efficiency and shared tips on how NGOs can enlarge their international influence. The forum was co-organized by the Yunnan International Non-Governmental Organization Society and Kunming …read more
People’s Daily reports on Chinese volunteers overseas
The People’s Daily recently reported on two cases of Chinese volunteers taking part in humanitarian work overseas. The first case is that of Wang Ziming, a graduating senior and international volunteer of the Common Future Fund (a social organization) who went to Lebanon in July with three other volunteers. While there the volunteers taught percussions, painting and Chinese calligraphy to refugee children from neighbouring Syria. Because these children had spent a long time in a war-zone, most of them hadn’t had access to a good education, Wang said. However he was impressed by their experiences of loss, their longing for home and their dreams. The volunteers did their best to …read more
2018 Global Climate Action Summit: China pavilion under the spotlight
The opening ceremony of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit was held in San Francisco on September 13. Hosted by the state government of California, the summit lasted for three days. The event included a China pavilion covering multiple areas, including local actions, carbon markets, climate investment and finance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, zero-emission vehicles and the business climate. On September 12 a “Global action on climate change” proposal was officially launched in the China pavilion. The proposal was jointly sponsored by ten Chinese charities, foundations and research centres, including the SEE Foundation, the Lao Niu Foundation, the Yan Bao Charity Foundation, the Qiaonyu Foundation, the Vanke Foundation, the Institute of Science …read more
The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum held in Chengdu
The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum was held in Chengdu on the 23-24 of July, jointly organized by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the government of Sichuan Province. Over 200 representatives from more than 30 countries attended the forum. Themed “promoting civil society forces, facilitating Sino-African friendship and trust”, the forum is part of a series of events held prior to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in September. The event began with Song Tao, Minister of the Foreign Relations Department of the CPC Central Committee, reading out President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory letter to the forum. In his letter, Xi emphasized that people-to-people friendship is a crucial foundation for state-to-state relations, …read more
Shanghai PSB releases video on the Overseas NGO Law
Shanghai’s Public Security Bureau has just released a two-minute video explaining the Overseas NGO Law, with the aid of a cartoon. While the video doesn’t really add much to what is already known about the law, it can be taken as a sign of the local PSB’s willingness to help overseas NGOs that wish to register an office in the city. You can view the video here (it is in Chinese).
Focusing on Cooperation – an Interview with Norbert Hsu
Norbert Hsu, regional head of World Vision for East Asia, talks to CDB about World Vision’s plans for the region, Chinese civil society and the protection of children in China.
Volunteer from Hangzhou recounts her experience teaching Chinese in Nepal
In March 2017, a young Chinese woman named Lucia Wang went to teach in Nepal as part of an international volunteer program organized by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation. She went on her own to Dolakha, a mountainous area far from the capital of Kathmandu, and worked there for 150 days teaching Chinese to local children. Recently, an article by Lucia talking about her time volunteering in Nepal was published on the Foundation’s website. It is but one example of the experiences had by the increasing number of young Chinese who choose to engage in volunteering and charity work abroad. In the article, Lucia explains that before volunteering in Nepal, she had …read more
Our Registration Story: The Asia Foundation
Another piece from the Center for Charity Law’s “Our Registration Story” series, this time focusing on the Asia Foundation, one of the first international NGOs to work in China.