Keyword: Civil Society

Students graduate from China’s first degree program in charity management

The first batch of students has completed Mainland China’s first undergraduate degree program on charity and philanthropy management in the Nanjing Tech University (南京工业大学). The graduation ceremony was held on the 15th of June. The program was set up in 2014 after the university entered into a partnership with the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China (中国乔华公益基金会). The motivation given was that China’s charity sector was developing rapidly, with 541,000 social organizations nationwide in 2013, and yet there wasn’t a single degree program with the aim of training human resources for the sector. According to figures provided by the university, out of the 93 graduating students over half have already …read more

Claiming the Space for an Independent, Progressive Civil Society in China

Claiming the Space for an Independent, Progressive Civil Society in China

The founder of CDB’s English-language platform, Shawn Shieh, on how a recent fact-finding mission to Israel and Palestine to meet with local NGOs led him to appreciate the importance of indepedent platforms like CDB.

Two Japanese NGOs working on desert greening in Inner Mongolia officially registered

Two Japanese NGOs working on desert greening in Inner Mongolia officially registered

The Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs presented two Japanese NGOs, the Ethics Research Institute and the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International (一般社团法人伦理研究所 and 公益财团法人奥伊斯嘉), with their registration certificates. The director of the Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs and the director of the State Administration of Forestry of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region were both present and took part in the discussions. The director of the Administrative Office congratulated the two NGOs and expressed that the Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs would continue to offer their support and maintain good relations with foreign NGOs working in civil society in Inner Mongolia. He expressed his hope that …read more

The Bulk House and China's Zero Waste Movement

The Bulk House and China’s Zero Waste Movement

The Zero Waste movement has a growing number of followers in China. A young entrepreneur has now opened a store that follows its principles in the centre of Beijing.

Double amputee from China reaches Everest summit

Double amputee from China reaches Everest summit

Double amputee Xia Boyu, 69, successfully completed his fifth attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest a few days ago. What follows is his inspiring story. Born in 1949, Xia Boyu was an athletic individual, becoming a member of the Chinese mountaineering association at the age of 25. Nicknamed by his team mates the “fire god” for his ability to persevere through the cold, Boyu was the picture of health. In 1975, he embarked on his first attempt to climb Mount Everest. After climbing up to an altitude of 8600 meters, the Chinese team were stopped in their tracks by an aggressive change in the weather and had to …read more

Faye Wong, Zhang Jie, TFBOYS… How do Chinese Celebrities Engage in Charity?

Faye Wong, Zhang Jie, TFBOYS… How do Chinese Celebrities Engage in Charity?

The participation of Chinese celebrities in charitable activities has grown in recent years. This translated article explores this trend by analysing the Chinese Charity Celebrity Rankings since 2013.

A Feminist’s Portrait: Diversity is One Way to Deconstruct Patriarchy

A Feminist’s Portrait: Diversity is One Way to Deconstruct Patriarchy

The portrait of a young Beijinger who uses rap and comedy as a means to convey a feminist message.

Social enterprise academy launched in China in cooperation with Scotland

On April 10, a seminar on the eco-development of social enterprises in China and Scotland took place in Beijing’s Yuan En Space. Around 90 social enterprise experts and representatives from both countries, as well as some investors and governmental officials from China, attended the seminar to witness the launch of the Social Enterprise Academy in Beijing. The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, also showed up as special guest and cut the ribbon for the launching ceremony. Zhang Jufang, the director of the Capacity Building and Assessment Center, delivered a welcome address as a representative of the Chinese side of the Social Enterprise Academy. Whereafter, Nicola Sturgeon gave the keynote speech …read more

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A chronicle of all the major milestones since 1990 in the battle to make China’s legal system more responsive to the victims of domestic violence.

China Development Brief holds workshop for social organizations in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region

On March 20, CDB hosted a workshop for social organizations participating in the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region (社会组织参与京津冀协同发展研讨会). Forty-six delegates from more than forty social organizations based in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei took part in the workshop, which was held in Beijing. Last year, CDB applied to conduct a Ministry of Civil Affairs project to improve the communication and resource integration among social organizations (as nonprofits are known in China) in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. As part of the project a survey of 55 social organizations in the region was conducted, which found some problems in terms of the communication and resource integration between the organizations. Within the region, …read more

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

The translation of an article by the Ministry of Public Security explaining how overseas NGOs should submit their annual reports.

The Top Ten News on Women’s Rights in China Over the Past Year

The Top Ten News on Women’s Rights in China Over the Past Year

To mark this year’s Women’s Day, we have selected ten stories related to women’s rights in China. From the new law on domestic violence to scandals over sexism, these ten stories encapsulate the struggle for women’s rights.

Focusing on Cooperation - an Interview with Norbert Hsu

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.

Alumni petition universities in China to fight against campus harassment

Alumni petition universities in China to fight against campus harassment

Triggered by the harassment scandal at Beihang University, alumni from more than sixty universities in China have sent out open letters with signatures to their alma maters, to call for the establishment of an anti-harassment mechanism on campus. On January 2, the day after Ph.D. graduate Luo Xixi publicly exposed her former professor Chen Xiaowu at Beihang University for sexual misconduct, a graduate of Xi’an International Studies University named He Xi posted an open letter to the university president on WeChat, appealing for the setup of a prevention mechanism for campus harassment. According to He, she had already made the request right before her graduation in July 2017, and had received …read more

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The top ten stories of the year in Chinese civil society as chosen by CDB, from the Overseas NGO Law to Tencent’s 9/9 Philanthropy Day

Environmental Protection in China: an Interview with Bob Moseley

Environmental Protection in China: an Interview with Bob Moseley

Bob Moseley, director of the Asia-Pacific Cities Program at The Nature Conservancy, talks to CDB in this exclusive interview.

Hebian Village, a University Professor’s Experiment with Poverty Alleviation

Hebian Village, a University Professor’s Experiment with Poverty Alleviation

A translated article describing a project led by professor Li Xiaoyun to help a village in the rainforests of China’s far south break out of the cycle of poverty.

China Annual Conference on Philanthropy held in Beijing

The China Annual Conference on Philanthropy, jointly organized by the China Philanthropy Times, a national newspaper focusing on China’s public welfare sector, and other eleven philanthropic organizations, took place in the Beijing Convention Center on Wednesday. “The path of the nonprofit sector is heading from the niche to the public, from singularity to diversity, from offline to online”, says Liu Jing, director of the China Philanthropy Times, in his opening speech. He added that “in the current context, in which the leverage effect of Internet charity has increased and the traditional charity model has been challenged or even subverted, practitioners of public service must maintain an open mind, break the …read more