Keyword: Civil Society

New certification for social enterprises announced

This is an abridged translation of an article published by Beijing News. The original can be found here. On the 11th of August, the Beijing Method for Social Enterprise Certification was announced at the Forum for Chinese Social Enterprises. The release of this “method” marks the standard criteria that all social enterprises in Beijing can refer to. A Chinese version of the document can be found here. The following are some points of note. According to the method, after certification all social enterprises in Beijing will be entitled to a certain amount of funding, expert consultation services, the use of the social enterprise logo, branding and the coordination of quality office …read more

Frequency of scams raises questions about online fundraising

On the 7th of July, in China’s Southwestern city of Nanning, a mother posted a notice online stating that her daughter had been infected by the Zika virus, and that the family did not have money for treatment. Within three days, more than 250 000RMB had been raised through online platforms; however some netizens uncovered soon after that the mother in question owned many restaurants in the area, drove an Audi and possessed various properties to her name. The internet quickly labelled her a fraud, and on the 27th July all of the money was returned. This case comes after numerous other incidents involving online fundraising, most notably the Luo Er case …read more

The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum held in Chengdu

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

15 families with autistic children moving into new Shenzhen compound provokes protests

15 families with autistic children moving into new Shenzhen compound provokes protests

This is an abridged translation of the article written and published by 大米和小米 which can be found here.   On the 18th July, a few families preparing to view their newly allocated public rental housing were sent alerts that due to poor weather conditions their viewings had been rearranged. It was a perfectly fine day, and after looking online the true reason for the change of plans emerged. “17 mental patients are moving into our 75 thousand/m2 compound. What should we do?”, read one headline. What was disturbing about these articles was that the private personal details of the families moving into the public housing were plastered across each one, including …read more

A report on the Policy Environment for Chinese NGOs

A report on the Policy Environment for Chinese NGOs

A report by NGOCN looks at the friendliness of the policy environment for local NGOs in China. Replete with interesting statistics and policy recommendations.

Notice for Overseas NGOs on how to apply to have the Ministry of Civil Affairs as PSU (translated)

This notice was published by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs in June 2018. What follows is CDB’s translation. Find the original here. Notice from the Ministry of Civil Affairs regarding “The work method for the Ministry of Civil Affairs to process applications to establish professional supervisory units for overseas non-governmental organisations’ representative offices (trial)” Overseas Non-governmental (ONGOs) organisations: “The work method for the Ministry of Civil Affairs to process applications to establish professional supervisory units for overseas non-governmental organisations’ representative offices (trial)” has already passed the eighth review of the minister’s office in 2018. We hereby present it to you, please conduct your application work in accordance. Attached please find: …read more

Can Chinese Philanthropy Adapt to the Changes in the Country's Set-up?

Can Chinese Philanthropy Adapt to the Changes in the Country’s Set-up?

CDB’s translation of a talk by Yang Tuan, CASS researcher and chief editor of this year’s Blue Book of Philanthropy, on how Chinese philanthropy needs to adapt if it is to maintain its relevance.

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

Chinese music festival pledges to produce zero waste

This year’s edition of the MTA (Music, Technology and Art) Festival, held in May in Hebei province, can lay claim to be the greenest music festival ever to have taken place in China. Thanks to the efforts of one Chinese environmentalist, not only did the festival draw inspiration from Japan’s Fuji Music Festival, often called the “cleanest music festival in the world”, but it also made a few new advancements of its own.   Every May, for the past three years the MTA festival, which showcases a fusion of music, technological experiences, multimedia art performances and art installations, has been held in the Huailai Scenic Area in Hebei Province. On …read more

Growth in donations decreases in 2017, CASS report finds

Last week the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) released the “Blue Book of Charity (2018): a report on the development of Chinese charity”. The report reveals that while the total volume of donations across China has continued to grow, the speed of that growth was significantly reduced between in 2017. In 2016 the total volume of donations nationally was 145.8 billion Yuan, representing a 20% growth on the previous year and the biggest annual increase in 20 years. In 2017, on the other hand, total donations were estimated at 155.8 billion Yuan, a 6.86% growth on the previous year and the smallest annual increase since 2012. According to research …read more

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.