Keyword: Civil Society

The China Foundation Development Forum 2020 Hubei Summit held

The China Foundation Development Forum 2020 Hubei Summit held

The China Foundation Development Forum 2020 Hubei Summit was successfully held online on the 23rd of June, with the theme of “jointly responding to the changing public welfare ecology”. It attracted hundreds of organizations and thousands of people from Hubei Province and other parts of the country who care about the development of philanthropic work. The summit reviewed the role and value of charitable forces during Hubei’s “war on the epidemic”, reflecting on the shortcomings they have displayed in responding to a major emergency and the necessary improvements, discussing future uncertainties, and building a path and method for a regional public welfare ecology. Eight front-line organisations from Hubei and four foundations from …read more

Electronic certificate for blood donors established

Electronic certificate for blood donors established

On June 9, the General Office of the National Health Commission issued the “Notice on Enabling a National Unified Electronic Blood Donation Certificate”, announcing that a new national certificate for blood donations will be launched on June 14. Zhejiang Province had already implemented an electronic blood donation certificate in October 2019. After a successful donation, donors will receive an SMS with a link they can open to view the corresponding electronic certificate. What is most crucial about the system is that it is integrated with the “charity hours” (公益时) that Alipay, China’s major mobile payments platform, uses to assess the value of charitable endeavours. Blood donors can convert the amount of blood they have …read more

New civil code focuses on the protection of the interests of the disabled

New civil code focuses on the protection of the interests of the disabled

China’s first-ever civil code has been passed by the Third Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on May 28, 2020, and will be implemented from 2021. The new Civil Code includes nearly 30 articles directly related to the protection of the rights and interests of people with disabilities. The Civil Code fully affirms the equal status of persons with disabilities as civil subjects, and contains language on the equal protection of their civil rights. Article 1041 clearly mentions the “protection of the legal rights and interests of women, minors, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.” The new code also contains provisions on the protection of the civil rights of disabled citizen, clarifying what responsibility families …read more

Shanghai launches initiative to encourage social organizations to recruit graduates

Shanghai launches initiative to encourage social organizations to recruit graduates

Shanghai’s Civil Affairs department has released a notice encouraging social organizations to employ college graduates, and laying out various supporting policies for college graduates who want to enter the charity sector. The notice states that when social organizations, private non-enterprise units, foundations and other social organizations in the city recruit college graduates with a Shanghai hukou who are being employed for the first time and are within two years of graduation, they can apply for the social insurance subsidy if they sign a labor contract for more than a year. Shanghai will also recruit around thirty assistants to the directors of the Social Organization Service Centers of towns and subdistricts among college students …read more

Overseas NGOs continue to register new representative offices in China

Overseas NGOs continue to register new representative offices in China

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, over the last few months the overseas NGOs management offices of China’s local public security bureaus have been hard at work, enabling more overseas NGOs to register representative offices in China. This week two overseas NGOs registered new provincial offices. In Hainan, the provincial Public Security Bureau issued a registration certificate a few days ago to the Hainan representative office of the European-Chinese OBOR Culture and Tourism Development Committee, based in Belgium (OBOR stands for the “One Belt One Road” initiative). After the ceremony the two parties held a symposium, during which the director of the PSB’s overseas NGO office congratulated the NGO and presented the requirements for carrying out activities “in an orderly manner according …read more

MCA releases notice requesting social organizations to take an active role in epidemic control

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has recently issued a “Notice on Further Active Social Organizations in Coordinated Promotion of Epidemic Prevention and Control and Economic and Social Development”. The notice requires that the ministry-managed social organizations must resolutely implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on coordinating and advancing the prevention and control of the novel pneumonia epidemic and economic and social development. The notice emphasizes that the ministries and social organizations must “resolutely grasp the epidemic prevention and control work, keep a clear head, continue to take epidemic prevention and control as the top priority and the most important task at present, and strictly implement the epidemic …read more

Report released on the response of Beijing’s social organizations to the coronavirus

The Beijing Social Organization Development Service Center, in conjunction with the Beijing Social Organization Incubation Center and the Social Organization Innovation Acceleration Project, has conducted an investigation on the city’s social organizations during the coronavirus epidemic, looking at their basic situation, action measures, the impact they have suffered and the support they require. The results and analysis have now been published under the title “Social Organizations in Action Under the Epidemic – An Investigative Report on the Situation of Beijing Social Organizations in Response to the Epidemic”. The investigation’s main findings are as follows: a) the epidemic delayed the return to work of social organizations, during which time most of them …read more

Blogger helps find sanitary products for frontline female medics fighting COVID-19

Blogger helps find sanitary products for frontline female medics fighting COVID-19

Blogger gathers volunteers to help female doctors in Hubei.

Ministry of Civil Affairs issues notice on the management of coronavirus donations

As the official WeChat account of the Social Organizations Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs reports, since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, Wuhan, Hubei Province and other areas with severe outbreaks urgently need the support of all parties, especially in terms of  medical supplies. To this end, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has issued the “Announcement on Mobilizing Charitable Forces to Participate in the Prevention and Control of the Pneumonia Epidemic Induced by the Coronavirus in an Orderly and Legal Way” on January 26th, mobilizing social charity forces to support the epidemic prevention and control in an orderly manner. As of 12:00pm on February 8th, in just ten …read more

The Statistics on ONGO Registrations and Temporary Activities by December 2019

The Statistics on ONGO Registrations and Temporary Activities by December 2019

The most important statistics on overseas NGOs in China by the end of 2019.

First blue book of sustainable development value assessment released

First blue book of sustainable development value assessment released

On January 4, the 2020 Finance and Economics Sustainable Development Summit Forum and evergreen award ceremony was held in Beijing, sponsored by the Caijing magazine and supported by the China Fund Strategic Cooperation and the China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI). During the forum, CASVI’s “Blue Book Report on the Sustainable Development Value Assessment of A-listed Companies 2019” was officially released. Zhan Xiaoning, editor in chief of the Global Investment Report of the United Nations and director of the Investment and Enterprise Department of the United Nations Trade and Development Organization, Ma Weihua, former president of China Merchants Bank and chairman of CASVI, and more than 500 leading experts, …read more

Fund for pneumoconiosis sufferers wins charity award

Wang Keqin has been awarded as part of the “70 people in 70 years of Chinese charity brands” (中国慈善公益品牌70年70人) awards, which were announced at the 14th Annual Brands and Personalities Summit on December 18. The awards are organized jointly by Brandcn (品牌联盟) and Shanda Net (善达网). Wang, a well-known investigate reporter, has been called “the first journalist to expose the dark side in China”. He is known for reports like “The black market for securities in Lanzhou is washing up shareholders” (兰州证券黑市狂洗“股民”), “The inside story behind the Beijing taxi industry monopoly” (北京出租车业垄断黑幕), and “Investigation into a Shanxi coal mine” (山西煤窑真相调查), all of which had strong social repercussions and a positive impact on the …read more

How China's Overseas NGO Law was Conceived

How China’s Overseas NGO Law was Conceived

The process of drawing up China’s Overseas NGO Law of 2017 was more complex than many imagine. A draft of the law was opened up to public comment, and the feedback provided by the NGO sector contributed to the final result.

The Development of Foundations in China: an Optimistic Perspective

The Development of Foundations in China: an Optimistic Perspective

A talk by BNU professor Tao Chuanjin, outlining some interesting trends for the development of philanthropic foundations in China.

Observations on the first half year of waste-sorting in Shanghai

On July 1, 2019, Shanghai launched a “first shot” at the classification of domestic waste. The Shanghai Municipal Regulations on domestic waste, the most stringent ever released in China, stipulate that domestic waste must be sorted into four categories: dry waste, wet waste, recyclable waste and hazardous waste. Individuals and enterprises will be fined 50-200 yuan and 5,000-50,000 Yuan respectively if they are found to mix the different kinds of waste. An article published last Monday by Southern Weekly (南方周末), China’s most well-known investigative newspaper, has summed up the first 180 days of the new policy. According to the article, few people were initially optimistic about waste classification in Shanghai. However, …read more

Controversy over the Shuidichou fundraising platform

The crowdfunding platform Shuidichou has become embroiled in controversy once again. On November 30, the video-sharing website known as “Pear Video” (梨视频) published a seven-minute expose’ of the company’s practices. Filmed in secret, the video revealed that promoters providing offline services for Shuidichou intentionally guided the relatives of hospital patients to launch dishonest fundraising drives in order to receive a percentage of the profits. The promoters failed to check, or even concealed, the property status of the people asking for help, filled in the final target for the donations at will and neglected to ascertain the purpose of the donations. The video immediately aroused public concern, given that Shuidichou is one of China’s …read more

NGO 2.0 lists examples of blockchain-based charity in China

In October 2019, the central government proposed “to take blockchain as an important breakthrough in independent innovations of core technology”. In the past few years, many products and projects involving both blockchain and charity have emerged. Some people are asking what role blockchain can play in the charity sector? Can blockchain really solve specific problems? Must blockchain be used to ensure transparency? What is the first public blockchain in China? In response to these questions, NGO 2.0 (an education-focused nonprofit with the aim to empower grassroots NGOs in Central and Western China by providing technological training and support, jointly sponsored by MIT and University of Science and Technology of China) has published an article …read more

(CDB Forum 2019) Lu Xuan - How Overseas NGOs Can Work Legally in China

(CDB Forum 2019) Lu Xuan – How Overseas NGOs Can Work Legally in China

Lu Xuan, from the Legal Centre for NGOs, explains some important points concerning the Overseas NGO Law and the operations of overseas NGOs in China.