Procuratorate can now initiate public interest litigation
On July 1st the National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed a decision granting the Supreme People’s Procuratorate power to initiate public interest litigation at designated testing areas (全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于授予最高人民检察院在部分地区开展公益诉讼试点工作的决定). The Supreme People’s Procuratorate then released the Pilot Plan for Public Interest Litigation Brought by Procuratorial Departments (检察机关提起公益诉讼试点方案) as follow-up to the decision on July 2nd. According to the plan, procuratorial departments now officially have the power to initiate public interest litigation.
Discussion panels on NGOs helping left-behind children
Following the recent tragic Bijie incident, three discussion panels have been held by the social enterprise Yuan En Space focusing on how different actors in China can join forces to help left-behind children.
Similar to other legal persons, social organizations will have “unicode”
On June 17th, the State Council published a Notice on Unifying Social Credit Code (Unicode) for National Reform and Development Commission and all other organizations (Notice) (国务院关于批转发展改革委等部门法人和其他组织统一社会信用代码制度建设总体方案的通知). From now on, similar to industry and commerce organizations and other legal persons, social organizations (社会组织) will have “Unicode”. The Unicode will be divided into 5 parts and will consist of 18 digits and letters as suggested by the newly published Notice. The first part, also the first digit, is given by Registration Management Department. The second part of the code, which is the second digit, distinguishes the type of organization. For example, 1 is for social associations (社会团体), 2 is for private …read more
Solving the challenges facing ‘left-behind children’ requires efforts from everyone
On June 9th, four “left-behind children (留守儿童)” committed suicide in their home in Bijie, Guizhou. The tragic incident follows another three years ago, when five left-behind children died in Bijie after lighting a fire in a dustbin. The tragedy has once again brought national attention to the many problems facing children left behind by China’s migrant labourers. A Nanfang Daily article argues that these problems aren’t easy to solve and require coordinated efforts from both government and non-government. According to the article there are two possible solutions: one is to have parents come home (让爸妈回家) and the other one is to have children leave with their parents (跟爸妈离开). These might sound simple but to really …read more
“2015 Cross-Straits and Hong Kong & Macau Philanthropy Forum” held in Taipei
On June 1st the China Charity Alliance hosted the “2015 Cross-Straits and Hong Kong & Macau Philanthropy Forum” (2015海峡两岸暨港澳慈善论坛) in Taipei. The event was attended by scholars and practitioners from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Participants discussed philanthropy-related topics with the three themes this year being “together we share, be responsible, and create” (共享，共担，共创). A reported from the Jiangnan Times’ sat down with He Wen from the Amity Foundation, who talked about the forum’s three themes: Sharing (共享) How do communities build a “philanthropic culture” that shares with one another? To answer this question, He Wen used a story that took place in a community in Taiwan. In this community there was an old …read more
Green Future: China’s “first environmental project fundraising platform”
According to the Beijing Daily, on June 5th China’s “first public fundraising platform for environmental projects” – named “Green Future” (绿色未来) – went online. The China Environmental Culture Promotion Association (CECPA) and Shanghai GM are co-sponsoring the platform. Green Future is aimed at promoting environmental projects and raising awareness about environmental issues. The Beijing Daily writes that as a professional public fundraising platform for environmental projects, Green Future enables environmental projects to attract funding at a national level. According to the article it will increase the Chinese public’s participation rate in environment-related events, raise public awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable lifestyles. There are already quite a few projects listed on the platform such as …read more
Wu Jinglian: to solve environmental issues, China needs to change its development pattern
On June 5th, World Environment Day, the 6th annual SEE Ecology Awards (SEE生态奖) was held in Beijing. Award recipients included Chai Jing, the Environmental Protection Education Center of Shandong (山东省环境保护宣传教育中心), and Friends of Nature. Awards were granted to individuals and organizations that have recently taken actions to make a positive environmental change. Famous Chinese economist, Wu Jinglian, was also present at the Awards. He gave a short speech at the event that made some suggestions about what China and the public can do to help deal with environmental problems. He stated in his speech that the environmental issues that China is facing right now are closely related to China’s growing pattern and economic developing models. …read more
CFPA publishes handbook for Chinese NGOs “going out”
The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has just published a handbook that aims to guide and support Chinese grassroots NGOs to “go out” (走出去) and get involved internationally. The project was funded by the Asia Foundation. CDB’s associate editor Guo Ting participated in the project along with academic Lu Bo and Xiang Ying from the China Youth Development Foundation. The handbook (in Chinese) can be downloaded from the CDB website here. Lu Bo summarised the aims and structure of the project: 1. Significance According to Lu’s latest research, as of August 31st, 2014, there were 4005 registered foundations in China and about 0.9% of these were already “going out”. Assuming the same ratio applies to registered NGOs, …read more
Trial regulations require registered NGOs to establish “Party groups (党组)”
On May 29th, the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee passed the “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial) （中国共产党党组工作条例（试行））”. According to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (中国共产党章程), organizations such as central and local government agencies, people’s organizations (人民团体), businesses, cultural institutions, and other non-party organizations (非党组织）are allowed to establish Party groups (党组) within their organization. However the newly passed Regulations now states that a number of types of organizations – for the first time including registered NGOs (called “social organizations”, 社会组织）- are required to establish Party groups. The new regulations also removed the word “non-party” (非党组织). According to the Dongfang Daily, because NGOs (social organizations) are still …read more
“Springtime” for third-party evaluation of Chinese NGOs
On May 20th the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) clarified the general ideas, basic principles and strategic policies of the newly released “Suggestions for the Third-Party Evaluation of Social Organizations (关于探索建立社会组织第三方评估机制的指导意见)”. According to the Philanthropy Times, future evaluations would be improved by the Suggestions in four main areas: 1. Establishing third-party evaluation organizations will help perfect the process of evaluation. With the guidance of the newly released Suggestions, provinces would be able to evaluate social organizations more professionally and collect more accurate results for future reference. 2. The Suggestions confirm the basic principles of third-party evaluation, separating government involvement from social organizations, separating government management and evaluation from social organizations, and conducting …read more
“Asia’s biggest rainbow flag” paraded through Chinese university campus
On last week’s International Day Against Homophobia, Sun Yat-Sen University’s students organized an event to parade the rainbow flag to support LGBTQ groups on campus and kick-off Guangzhou’s gay pride month. The student publication Edaily at SYSU interviewed the event organizers and participants. According to participants at the parade, the event was organized through WeChat. Participants each received individual messages about details of the event. Participants weren’t limited to SYSU students and many came from nearby schools. Both students who identify themselves as LGBTQ and students who don’t, were actively involved in this event. Many non-LGBTQ participants expressed their willingness to show support and respect by taking part in the event. Participants …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Duan Tao of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation
An Interview with Duan Tao, Secretary General of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Zhai Yan, Founder of Huizeren
An interview with Zhai Yan, founder of Huizeren, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
New regulation encourages private investment in elderly care sector
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published a new law on its website on February 25, 2015, titled “Notice on Opinions upon Encouraging Private Capital to Invest in Elderly Care Industry”(关于鼓励民间资本参与养老服务业发展的实施意见). It was issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with nine other government departments. According to the document, the government will encourage private investment in the elderly care service industry to help with its aging population. Non-governmental investors are encouraged to run elderly care facilities, including nursing homes and recreational centers. They can also cooperate with the government to form joint ventures to build and develop facilities for senior citizens.Tax incentives, favorable land-use policies, and other preferential policies for elderly …read more
Chi Fulin: Return “social organisations” to society
In this article, Chi Fulin, head of the China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD), writes that the development of social organizations has aroused independent society and widespread participation but there is still the need to construct an appropriate system. For Chi, social organizations can provide a link between government and individuals, develop societal life, public morals, and altruism. Chi suggests five aspects of social governance that social organizations should provide. Firstly, social service providers should be able to effectively receive public service. Secondly, participants in social management should actively promote public governance. Thirdly, spokespeople for public causes should realistically represent the aspirations of the masses. Fourthly, those who safeguard …read more
As a social organization, how do you make the government buy your services?
The goal of this article is to provide social organizations with tips on how to obtain funding from the government.
Mapping the Development of NGOs in Ethnic Minority Areas
In this article, the author analyzes the obstacles NGOs working in ethnic minority areas have to overcome in order to operate and develop.
What’s the relationship between migrant children and “left-behind children”?
This article explores the relationship between two phenomena in China, the children of migrants who have moved with their parents from rural areas to cities to find work (liudong ertong) and ‘left-behind children’ whose parents have moved to cities for work but have left them in rural areas (liushou ertong).