Keyword: Community Development

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

A Confucius School was opened inside a prison in Luzhong, Shandong Province, in the beginning of the month. Unlike the more famous Confucius Institutes, the Confucius Schools are a large-scale cultural program organized by the China Confucius Foundation with the aim of spreading Confucian thought, promoting traditional culture, and strengthening local communities. Starting in July 2014 over five hundred schools have been opened in mainland China, including provinces like Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Tibet. This Confucius School in Luzhong is the first school the foundation has opened inside a prison. Staff members at the prison said that the school helped to provide educational resources and professional knowledge which were mostly unavailable to …read more

Beijing Government Releases New Policies on Community Care for the Elderly

The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau has released a document on the “Ten Policies on Support and Care for the Elderly at Home”. The document, released on the 18th of May, covers topics including support for the elderly, residency and medical care. During the media conference Hongbing Li, the spokesman for the Bureau, claimed that the Beijing government would build community service centers to provide daytime care, calling services, food delivery, health guidance, entertainment and counselling for free. By 2020, community service centers will cover all the communities in Beijing. Counting the current elderly care centers in residential districts, 96% of the elderly in Beijing will be taken care of near home. Li …read more

“Bamboo Grove Project” to fund young scholars in China announced

“Bamboo Grove Project” to fund young scholars in China announced

China Charity Alliance and the Dunhe Foundation have announced the start of the “Bamboo Grove Project” (竹林计划) . The project will provide 1.5 million yuan to fund young scholars who want to carry out theoretical research in the field of charity. The project was announced on China’s Youth Day, which falls on the 4th of May. It will be funded by the Dunhe Foundation and executed by China Charity Alliance. The “Bamboo Grove Project” plans to target current postgraduates, PhD students, young scholars and charity practitioners under 40. As Liu Zhouhong, the general secretary of Dunhe Foundation, said: “I hope the ‘Bamboo Grove Project’ will develop a group of researchers and scholars of charity …read more

Seminar on elderly care in rural areas puts forward a proposal to the “two sessions”

A seminar focusing on the “empty nest” elderly and the elderly care in rural areas was held by the Hebei Diamond Foundation(河北钻石公益基金会). The seminar has discussed the mutual improvement model for elderly care in rural areas and has included their suggestions of it in their proposal to the “two sessions”

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (国家新闻出版广电总局) recently released a Draft of the new Nationwide Reading Promotion Regulations for public solicitation, following the Legislative Plan of the State Council (国务院立法工作计划). Nationwide reading promotion had already been proposed as a national policy in 2013 during the “two sessions” (the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference). With the new draft regulations being released, the topic is once again under the spotlight. Echoing this tide, a variety of free reading spaces have sprung up all over China during recent years. One particularly successful example worth mentioning is …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs’ five measures to support the rural elderly

On January 25th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Community Service System Building Plan (2011-2015)”and the “Social Pension System Building Plan (2011-2015)”during its regular news conference, demonstrating how it was implemented during China’s 12th Five Year Plan and the prospects for the 13th Five Year Plan. According to Zhen Bingliang, vice director of the Social Benefits Center at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, rural elder care is a challenging issue. There are a large number of left-behind elderly, people of a very advanced age and senior citizens with empty nests who are currently leading extremely difficult lives. The solutions that the Ministry of Civil Affairs has been exploring since the 12th …read more

Beijing government plans to purchase 500 different services from social organizations in 2016

The Beijing Municipal Social Work Committee and the Beijing Social Office announced that the Beijing government would continue to purchase 500 services from various social organizations at different levels in 2016, using Beijing’s special fund for social construction. The services purchased can be divided into five categories and 30 aspects, including social public services, social charitable services, community services, social governance services and social decision advisory services. This method of purchasing services by the government encourages more social organizations to get involved with social issues and contributes to create a modern system of social organizations. Since being set up six years ago, the Beijing special fund for social construction has …read more

The reviewed draft of the Charity Law released online for public consultation

Last month the Draft of the Charity Law of the People’ s Republic of China (中华人民共和国慈善事业法(草案)) was reviewed for the second time by the 18th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress. The NPC’s Law Committee and Legislative Affairs Commission reviewed the Draft according to the opinions expressed by various sides. The reviewed Draft has now been made available on the NPC website (http://www.npc.gov.cn/) for public consultation. The content of the Draft is displayed on the website in full. Comments about the draft can be made via the NPC website or by posting them to the address shown below. The deadline for comments is the 31st …read more

Report on China’s Evaluation of Social Organizations released in Shanghai

The Non-governmental Organization Administration Bureau and the Civil Service Center of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Social Sciences Academic Press jointly released a blue book entitled Report on The Development of China’s Social Organizations Evaluation 2015 (《中国社会组织评估发展报告(2015)》蓝皮书) in Shanghai. The report points out that 99 national social organizations have been evaluated as level 3A and above, accounting for 85% of the 116 organizations that received an actual assessment in 2014. The Industry and Business Association of China continuously takes active part in these assessments and offers an evaluation coverage rate of over 50%, playing an increasingly large role in promoting the healthy development of non-governmental organizations. …read more

Hope Items, an online platform to make donations, starts up!

The opening ceremony for Hope Items, a charitable project organized by the China Youth Development Foundation, was held in Beijing on December 21. The project enables people to donate their idle goods on its official website in order to satisfy the needs of teachers and students in the countryside and in undeveloped areas, allowing them to put their idle goods to use and provide rural children with a warm childhood. According to Yao Wen, the deputy secretary general of China Youth Development Foundation, Hope Items has several characteristics which set it apart from traditional donations. First of all, thanks to online (or live) communication and interaction directly between donors and recipients, the cost of …read more

Community Development: Discover, Think and Act

Community Development: Discover, Think and Act

A girl who works in the Zhenro Foundation talks about how her first experience of urban life in Shanghai and a visit to Taiwan stoked her interest in projects to help urban communities.

The China Foundation Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration held in Beijing

The China Foundation Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration was succesfully held in Beijing’s Jianguo Hotel on November 25th. The event was entitled ‘Win-win collaboration: building a healthy philanthropic system together’. The meeting was hosted by the China Foundation Center, a platform for industrial information disclosure initiated by 35 well-known foundations, and supported by organizations such as the Dunhe Foundation (浙江敦和慈善基金会), China Children and Teenagers Fund (中国儿童少年基金会), Shanghai Charity Foundation (上海市慈善基金会), Zhishan Foundation (智善公益基金会), Hainan Disabled Person’s Federation (海南省残疾人基金会), and Chengdu Foundation for Disabled Person (成都市残疾人福利基金会). The State Council Guidance on the promotion of the healthy development of philanthropy, published in 2014, which sets philanthropy as an important force in building a …read more

China’s Child Safety Emergency Response platform has gone online

China’s Child Safety Emergency Response platform has gone online

China’s Child Safety Emergency Response(CCSER儿童失踪预警平台)went online on its Wechat Platform on November 20th, Universal Children’s Day. The Zhongshe Social Work Development Foundation(中社社会发展基金会)and Tencent Charity jointly held a press conference for the launching of CCSER, which was initiated on May 25th 2015. CCSER was built based on strong Wechat network data and GIS technology. Once parents have completed their identity authentication on CCSER, if their kid gets lost, related information will be released and the system will go to work to find their child. The extensive coverage of the platform makes it possible to make the most of the “Golden Three Hours” for the rescue of lost kids. In the past, …read more

The Educational NGOs Alliance makes its debut in Chengdu

The Educational NGOs Alliance makes its debut in Chengdu

The fourth annual conference of Chinese educational NGOs has just been held in Chengdu. Representatives from educational NGOs and educational practitioners held discussions about topics such as the dialogue between globalization and the current situation of local education, how educational NGOs help the development of rural teachers, the dilemmas and status of rural teachers, and the career development of rural teachers. Photo of the Educational NGOs Alliance at the conference The Educational NGOs Alliance made its debut during the conference. The Alliance is composed of nine organizations including CFPA, the 21st Century Education Research Institute, Beijing TAL foundation(北京好未来公益基金会), Beijing XDF foundation (北京新东方公益基金会), Western sunshine foundation (西部阳光农村发展基金会), Green & Shine Foundation …read more

China Philanthropy Forum 2015 held in Beijing

The fourth annual China Philanthropy Forum was held in Beijing on November 17th. The forum was cohosted by the China Association for Friendship(中国友谊促进会), Caijing Magazine(《财经》杂志)and the Beijing Charity Gala Ball(集善嘉年华). This year’s theme was “Changes & Sustainability”, and academics and professionals in the sector were invited to attend. The guests discussed topics related to global philanthropy and charity innovation. As Agi Veres, director of UNDP China, said during the forum, “Charities are inclusive and should focus on global interests and demands. When we start to focus on the general situation of the world and the state of its resources, the role and meaning of philanthropy will expand enormously.” China’s new Charity Law, currently under the spotlight, was also the focus of much discussion. The Forum, which aims …read more

China Global Philanthropy Institute inaugurated

China Global Philanthropy Institute inaugurated

On November 12th, the China Global Philanthropy Institute, a joint initiative of five philanthropists including Bill Gates, was inaugurated at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Zou Ming, vice minister of Civil Affairs, Xu Qing, mayor of Shenzhen city, Bill Gates, founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group, and other philanthropists attended the inauguration ceremony. The Institute is the first of its kind in China to have been jointly started by Chinese and American philanthropists. It aims to help nurture talents for China’s charity sector and to provide an important platform for international cooperation. At the ceremony, the philanthropists discussed the developments …read more

Green NGOs win first lawsuit since the new environmental law took effect

The Nanping Intermediate People’s Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on October 29 in the first ever environmental litigation since China’s revised Environmental Protection Law took effect on January 1st, 2015. The lawsuit, brought by Friends of Nature and Green Home of Fujian (福建绿家园) earlier this year, was against four men for environmental damages in Nanping, Fujian Province. The defendants,charged with damaging forestry land, were ordered to pay 1.27 million yuan to restore the land within a limited time. They will face another fine of 1.1 million yuan if they fail to carry out the restoration work in time, according to the sentence. This case has played an exemplary role in getting compensation …read more

The Ministry of Civil Affairs issues new policies on rescue work for beggars

On November the 10th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs held a video conference on the rescue work they conduct for the homeless and beggars. During the conference Zou Ming, vice minister of the MCA, detailed the existing problems in basic rescue management institutions and put forward a guideline on six practices to be followed and six to be avoided in future work. The policies are listed as follows:(1)There should be stricter security checks, and hazardous products should never be brought into the platforms of train stations. (2)The work of searching for lost relatives should be conducted timely, and cases shouldn’t be handled carelessly. (3)The fostering industry should be regulated, and fostering services …read more