How Many NGOs Are There Really in China?
Observers often speak of hundreds of thousands or even millions of NGOs scattered across the country. But what basis do these estimates have?
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
The overseas NGO management office of the Hainan public security department recently issued a registration certificate to the Hainan representative office of the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). The head of the Hainan health committee and the chief representative of the Hainan representative office of A4M both attended the ceremony. The head of the overseas NGO management office first congratulated A4M on successfully registering their representative office, and then put forward three working requirements: First of all, they should strictly follow the OGO Management Law to carry out activities in China, and help the construction of Hainan’s free trade zone. Secondly, A4M should submit an annual activity plan and …read more
While it remains complicated for overseas NGOs to register a representative office in China, conducting “temporary activities” is becoming a popular solution, even for organizations that want to work in the country for the long-term.
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.
China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has released its annual policy document on government support for social organizations providing social services, entitled the “2019 Plan for Implementing the Central Financial Support for Social Organizations Participating in Social Service Projects” (2019年中央财政支持社会组织参与社会服务项目实施方案). According to the relevant announcement, published by the Ministry on the 16th of April, the main focus of the Plan will be on supporting national social organizations and particularly impactful local ones to carry out social service activities in impoverished areas, and especially in the so-called “three areas and three prefectures” (三区三州): six areas of Western China that have been designated as “deeply impoverished”, including Tibet, Tibetan areas in other provinces, …read more
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.
China Development Brief is soon to release a report on the salaries and the supply and demand of human resources in China’s charity sector. The report will be based on a survey carried out from May 2017 to September 2018 with the support of the Ford Foundation. The data was collected through online surveys and through the resumes and recruitment information published on CDB’s media platform. One of the report’s findings is that the pay is much higher in foundations than for equivalent positions in grassroots NGOs. This is also applicable to other welfare indicators such as social insurance, bonuses, and pay rises. An analysis of the 668 full-time recruitment ads …read more
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