Keyword: Civil Society

The 512 Voluntary Relief Services Center Opens Its Chuandao Academy

The 512 Voluntary Relief Services Center Opens Its Chuandao Academy

Fu Tao, profiles the Chuandao Academy which was set up by the Chengdu-based 512 Voluntary Relief Services Center to promote exchange and learning among grassroots NGOs..

Editorial: Hearing the Voice of Civil Society Amid the Turmoil

Editorial: Hearing the Voice of Civil Society Amid the Turmoil

In this Winter 2011 editorial, the editors of China Development Brief make reference to a number of the articles published in this special Winter issue.

Break the Inner Circle and Embrace the New Era of Public Service

Break the Inner Circle and Embrace the New Era of Public Service

This article provides a window into a discussion among Chinese philanthropy leaders, academics and companies at a conference celebrating the first anniversary of the China Foundation Center.

As Foreign Funding Dries Up, Gansu NGOs Find It Harder to Survive

As Foreign Funding Dries Up, Gansu NGOs Find It Harder to Survive

This article examines the dilemma faced by grassroots NGOs in the western part of China with the decline of international funding, and whether domestic funding, particularly from private foundations, might fill the gap.

NGO Participation in Disaster Relief : Profiles of Reconstruction After the Sichuan Earthquake

NGO Participation in Disaster Relief : Profiles of Reconstruction After the Sichuan Earthquake

This is our last in a series of articles on NGO responses to disasters that we are making available in commemoration of the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan.  This article highlights the ongoing work of 10 NGO projects in the long-term reconstruction work in the earthquake-stricken areas of Sichuan.

NGOs Joining Forces in Response to Disasters

NGOs Joining Forces in Response to Disasters

This is one of several articles on NGO responses to disasters that we are making available in commemoration of the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and killed an estimated 70,000 people.

The Guo Meimei Incident and Grassroots NGOs

The Guo Meimei Incident and Grassroots NGOs

This essay by Yu Fangqiang recounts the various scandals that hit China’s philanthropy sector in 2011, and takes grassroots NGOs to task for remaining on the sidelines during this period and not taking a more public stance in promoting transparency and accountability in the sector

How is the Freeze on Global Fund Funding to China Affecting Grassroots Groups?

How is the Freeze on Global Fund Funding to China Affecting Grassroots Groups?

This article sheds much-needed light on a very complex situation triggered by the Global Fund’s announcement in March of 2011 that it would freeze its HIV/AIDS funding in China.

Guangzhou’s “Skinhead” Movement

Guangzhou’s “Skinhead” Movement

An Zhu uses a humorous story about taking action to challenge individuals and NGOs to think more deeply about a critically important question in today’s China: How to carry out public action in a meaningful way that will foster social connections and public knowledge?

CDB Editorial: From Self-help to Self-awareness in a Year of Scandals

CDB Editorial: From Self-help to Self-awareness in a Year of Scandals

CDB’s editors post their thoughts on the series of scandals in the charitable, public welfare sector last year and how the sector should respond in this age of media and social media hype

Major charitable projects should be audited and the results made public

In an effort to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public welfare sector, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a Notice which calls for major charitable projects to be audited after their completion, and the results of the audit made public.

CDB Editorial: the Public Interest and Politics

CDB Editorial: the Public Interest and Politics

This year, counties and townships across China will elect representatives for local People’s Congress. By the end of 2012, there will be approximately two million representatives at the county and township levels.

CDB Editorial: Lobbying from outside the system

CDB Editorial: Lobbying from outside the system

When the average Chinese reflects on last year’s annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), otherwise known as the “Two Congresses,” the only thing that comes to mind is transportation restrictions and traffic jams.

CDB Editorial: Liang Congjie

CDB Editorial: Liang Congjie

This editorial on Liang Congjie, founder of Friends of Nature and one of the pioneers of the first generation of NGO activists in China is the first of the CDB editorials that we are providing on this website.

China’s Third Sector: Is it Losing its Independence?

China’s Third Sector: Is it Losing its Independence?

This article addresses a long-standing but important debate over the independence of China’s NGOs. Going back to the early 1990s, China scholars have viewed Chinese NGOs as coopted by the state, unable and unwilling to play an assertive, independent role in speaking for and acting on behalf of marginalized groups

An Interview with the Founder of Non Profit Incubator (NPI)

An Interview with the Founder of Non Profit Incubator (NPI)

NPI is emblematic of a new wave of nonprofits led by a younger, more professional generation of social activists who come with experience and skills learned in the corporate, media and international development sectors

An Emerging Civil Society: The Impact of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake on Grassroots Civic Associations in China

An Emerging Civil Society: The Impact of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake on Grassroots Civic Associations in China

Drawing on survey data and interviews with NGOs involved with the Sichuan earthquake response and reconstruction, this article argues that the earthquake provided an important catalyst for a previously quiescent NGO community.

The China Women’s Network against AIDS: Between Donors and the Grassroots

The China Women’s Network against AIDS: Between Donors and the Grassroots

This article provides a fascinating, in-depth study of the Women’s Network against AIDS (WNAC). WNAC has 21 organisational members, although most of these can be better characterised as peer support groups rather than NGOs.