New document released to improve China’s endowment insurance system
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Finance recently released the “Guiding Opinions on Establishing a Mechanism on the Benefit Determination of Basic Endowment Insurance for Urban and Rural Residents and on the Normal Adjustment of Basic Pensions” (hereinafter referred to as the “Opinions”), which is estimated to be of relevance to 500 million urban and rural residents. As an important part of China’s basic old-age insurance system, the basic endowment insurance system for urban and rural residents was established in February 2014, and was included in the new social endowment insurance system for rural and urban residents. As of the end of December 2017, the number …read more
Diamond Cab: Hong Kong’s barrier-free taxi service
“A wheelchair is just a tool; its appearance and meaning are defined by human intelligence; A diamond is just a mineral; its implication and value are inherited by human’s creativity.” —- The founder of “Diamond Cab”, Doris Leung Ordinary taxis in Hong Kong do not have enough space to place wheelchairs, while the Kangfu bus (康复巴士) and the Yidao cars (易达轿车), which can carry wheelchairs, are generally difficult to book. The mini-vans known as 客货车, which are easier to book, are usually illegal, charge higher than the market price and lack safety equipment, so that the passengers’ safety cannot be guaranteed. The founder of “Diamond Cab” (钻的), Ms. Doris Leung, used to …read more
Huang Xiaoming writes in praise of social workers on Weibo
Famous Chinese actor, singer and model Huang Xiaoming, who was selected as the most influential celebrity in charity in 2015, published a post on Weibo three days ago to celebrate the efforts of social workers. The post included nine pictures, and it was reposted and commented over 3000 times and liked by approximately 50 thousand people. It reads: “These are a group of elderly people over 80 whose sons or daughters aren’t around. You may notice how happy they are when the social workers of the Pursuit of Happiness (幸福来敲门) come and visit. I wish the love shown in their smiles and the hearts drawn with their fingers will be …read more
China to set up public facilities for left-behind children
China will set up social welfare facilities to support children who are left behind or in need in counties and urban districts, according to a plan released by the Chinese government. The 13th five-year plan for the implementation of social services (“十三五”社会服务兜底工程实施方案), jointly drafted by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and China Disabled Person’s Federation, sets out the government’s work plan regarding the welfare of “left-behind” children, the elderly and the disabled. As stipulated in the plan, counties with over 500.000 people or over 200 orphans will establish child welfare facilities, in order to drive the creation of fully equipped and standardized child welfare …read more
Hony Social Impact Center: an investment platform connecting charity to commerce
A new investment platform, the Hony Social Impact Center (弘毅社会影响力中心), has just emerged in China. In recent years, “Social Impact Investment” that tries to connect charity to commerce has been favored by many charitable organizations and social enterprises. A need was thus felt for an investment platform caring about social value that could maximize the benefits of this combination of charity and commerce. At present the center is still in its start-up stage, but two pilot projects have already been selected: “Hands on” and “Generation Bridge”. The “Hands on” project is jointly sponsored by the 3D-printing Industry Alliance (3D打印企业联盟), Wiki Factory (维基新工厂) and other organizations working in different fields. The project aims …read more
Liu Feiyue’s Family Photos for Left-behind Children
Photographer Liu Feiyue travels to Gansu Province to shot family photos for the left-behind children when their parents return for the Spring Festival.
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.
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.
Amity Foundation starts special philanthropic fund for WW2 veterans
The Amity Foundation, together with the Nanjing and Jiangsu Committees of the National Democratic Construction Association (NDCA, 民建江苏省委 and 民建南京市委) have held a signing ceremony at the Nanjing Civil Resistance Against Japan Museum that marks the establishment of a special fund (公益基金) dedicated to helping Chinese veterans of the Sino-Japanese war. Huimin Hong, the deputy Director of the NDCA spoke at the ceremony and said that the Fund was established to mark the Chinese victory in the conflict. Hong also said that he hoped that Chinese society would pay more attention towards caring for veterans of the war.
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