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