Hepingtai Project empowers NGO sector in lower tier cities
The Zhenro Foundation, alongside the Dunhe and Narada Foundations, will launch a new funding project called Hepingtai（和平台）in 2016, in order to promote the growth of start-up NGOs in second and third tier Chinese cities. As an open platform, Hepingtai welcomes more foundations and corporations to join in this effort to strengthen the Chinese NGO ecological chain and empower grassroot NGOs. It will cooperate with regional NGO platforms, providing them with funding (less than 100,000 RMB) and crucial training to support start-up NGOs in their regions. The criteria for its platform partners are to have at least one full-time employee, previous experience in NGO support, and a business scale of over 200,000 RMB. Candidates are currently …read more
International volunteer service exchange conference held in Beijing
On October 12, the International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference’s opening ceremony was held in Beijing. The two-day conference was co-hosted by UN Volunteers and the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (北京市志愿服务联合会). The conference convened UN agencies, bilateral volunteer-involving organizations and government and civil society representatives from more than 20 middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Europe/CIS, the Middle East and Latin America. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alain Noudéhou spoke on behalf of the United Nations System in China at the opening ceremony. He also met the UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and other representatives from several of the Conference’s supporting organizations. During the Conference, proposals were put forward …read more
The Third Global Foundation Leaders Forum held in Nanjing
On September 24th and September 25th, the Third Global Foundation Leaders Forum (第三届世界大型基金会高峰论坛), co-hosted by China Foundation for Human Rights Development and Information Office of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, was held in Nanjing. The Forum attracted more than 100 experts and representatives of a variety of well-known foundations from over 30 countries and districts, including China, Russia and the US. Huang Mengfu, vice president of CPPCC National Committee and director of China Foundation for Human Rights Development, encouraged foundations of all countries to respect cultural differences, and to deepen their exchange and cooperation based on the principle of “agree to disagree”. Cui Yuying, vice president of CCPPD and deputy director of …read more
China Internet Foundation partners with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
On September 22nd (Local time in Seattle), The China Internet Development Foundation ( first Chinese public-raising foundation in the Internet sector) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to form a partnership, cooperating in charity and public healthcare programs in the developing countries. For more details, please see the report from Xinhua News Agency here.
CCCPC releases opinion on Party-Building in “social organizations”
Xinhua New Agency reported on September 28 that the General Office of CPC Central Committee recently published the “Opinion on Enhancing Party Building Work in Social Organizations (trial) (关于加强社会组织党的建设工作的意见（试行）)”. NGOs (or “social organizations”, 社会组织）were first required to establish Party Groups by “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial)” which was passed on May 29th 2015 (see CDB news here). According to the report, the fundamental aim of the Opinion is to enhance CPC’s leadership among NGOs, and the Opinion stipulates that the Party Groups within NGOs must act as the political nucleus. The Opinion gives clear guidance on the management mechanism of NGO Party groups. For instance, the …read more
Draft of Anti-Domestic Violence Law now available online for public consultation
The Anti-Domestic Violence Law(draft) (反家庭暴力法草案), which has been in development for several years, passed the preliminary examination by the Sixteenth Session of the Twelfth Standing Committee of the NPC on August 24. At the press conference on September 23, where the White Paper of Gender Equality and Women’s Development in China was released, Song Xiuyan, deputy director of Women and Children Work Committee of the State Council and vice-chairman of the National Women’s Federation, pointed out four aspects about the current draft which is now available for comments online: Firstly, It provides specific precautionary methods to prevent domestic violence. Secondly, the draft sets up a detailed domestic violence reporting system. Thirdly, it stipulates that …read more
The Left-Behind Children of Longnan
In March and April of 2015, photographer Liu Feiyue went into Longnan, Gansu Province twice for his visual profile series on left-behind children. CDB has re-published the photos and translated their captions with the permission of the photographer.
Project Hope launches the 23rd African Hope Primary School in Namibia
On September 3rd, “Hope Project in Africa” of China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) launched its 23rd primary school, the largest one yet, in Omaheke region, Namibia.The school was officially delivered to Namibia and put into use after Yan Shi, the director of CYDF Hope Primary School department and the representative from Namibian Ministry of Education and Culture signed the project transfer documents. The primary school is named ‘China Tojoy Hope Primary School’(中国天九幸福希望小学) on completion of 8-month construction. Located near the boarder of Namibia and Botswana (400 km from the capital of Namibia), the school covers 1,500㎡ with 13 classrooms, offices for teachers, a multi-functional room and a playground. Before the …read more
Second public welfare summit on left-behind children held in Shenzhen
The second public welfare summit on left-behind children was held by Nanfang Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) in Shenzhen yesterday. It was co-hosted by Southern Media Group (南方报业传媒集团), the Department for Children of All-China Women’s Federation (全国妇联儿童工作部) and China Family Education Society (中国家庭教育学会). Nanfang Metropolis Daily started an initiative, named “Dream Action for Left-behind Children” (留守儿童圆梦行动), in 2009 to improve the living conditions and mental health of left-behind children, and in 2014 it held the first public welfare summit on left-behind children. The summit mainly focused on two topics: how to use legal methods to solve the problem of left-behind children, and how to establish social assistance system for them. Chen Xiaoxia, …read more
Liu Feiyue’s Village of Left Behind Children
Photographer Liu Feiyue travels to one village in Gansu to document the lives of the “left-behind” children who live there.
Plan to “decouple” industry associations and chambers of commerce
On July 9th, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council published a “General Plan to Decouple Industry Association Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Authorities” (Plan) (行业协会商会与行政机关脱钩总体方案). According to the Plan, nearly 70,000 industry associations and chambers of commerce, which come under the category of “social associations” (社会团体), would be separated from the executive authorities or their professional supervisory units. The first round of implementation of the plan will be tested in 100 different associations and chambers all over the nation in the second half of 2015 and will continue to expand testing areas in 2016. The Plan proposes to fully separate …read more