Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Gansu Rainbow Community Service Center
A Chinese NGO might have a thousand reasons to implement overseas charity programs in line with their values and goals, but for Ren Zhihao, the founder of the Gansu Rainbow Community Service Center, the reason for setting foot in Nepal was very simple: to lend a helping hand to vulnerable people whenever they need it, wherever they are.
Chinese NGOs have responded to over 20 international disasters and emergencies, finds conference
The 2018 NGO Seminar on International Disaster Relief was held on December 18th, organized by the China Charity Alliance and the Research Center for Risks Governance and Innovation of the Beijing Normal University. According to presentations given at the seminar, Chinese NGOs have participated in relief work for more than 20 severe disasters and emergencies internationally since 2011, including the Nepal earthquake in 2015, the Phuket boat capsizing and the Tham Luang cave rescue in 2018. The April 2015 Nepal earthquake was the largest for Chinese NGOs in terms of their personnel and resource contribution. Staff and volunteers from more than 23 social organizations carried out a wide variety of …read more
Charity organizations come together to combat devastating floods
Meteorologically, 2018 has been an abnormal year for China. While there has been unusual humidity and heat in the north, 27 provinces in the south, southwest, and northwest have been suffering from devastating floods. By the end of July the floods had directly affected over 20 million people and caused economic losses of approximately 51.6 billion RMB, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Equipped with funds, emergency protocols and disaster management professionals, many Chinese NGOs have responded to the floods, complementing government efforts. The non-profit sector’s timely aid has been exemplified by their efforts in tackling the shortage of life supplies in Sichuan and Gansu, the two provinces that have been …read more
First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative
Aerial view of Gwadar, with the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center in the foreground. On May 7, the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center opened in the southern Pakistani port city of Gwadar after receiving construction aid from the Red Cross Society of China. Gwadar is located at the southern end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a component of China’s much-publicised “One Belt and One Road” initiative. The economic corridor is an ambitious plan to link Western China with the Arabian Sea via massive infrastructure projects and special economic zones through Pakistan. The China-Pakistan First Aid Corridor is a subset of the project, aiming to provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance …read more
How does one Wrap up a 370 Million Yuan Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit?
This article discusses the recent failure of an environmental public interest lawsuit initiated by two Chinese NGOs against some polluting companies in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. There are fears that the ruling against the two NGOs, that will now be forced to pay heavy legal expenses, may discourage other such lawsuits in the future.
Conference spurs discussion on Chinese foreign aid
On March 25, the “Beijing Cultural Review” and Nandu Watch jointly sponsored a convention on the history of China’s experience with foreign aid relief. Both professor Li Xiaoyun from China Agricultural University and Wang Xingzui, the executive vice president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, shared their opinions and experiences concerning foreign aid with the audience. Talking about the philosophical and theoretical differences between China and the western countries, Li Xiaoyun claimed that “foreign aid in western nations is the result of competitive politics”. He added that people in the West are afflicted with an urge to save those in other nations, whereas China views the welfare of another society …read more
Chinese Civil Society: the Top Ten News Stories of 2015
CDB’s list of the top ten news stories in the NGO sector from the last twelve months
Jimen Strategic Forum on Chinese NGOs “going out”
The recent tragic Nepal earthquake has been a big test for China’s NGOs, with it representing their first large-scale participation in foreign humanitarian assistance. As more and more Chinese NGOs reach out to the world, the Jimen Strategic Forum (蓟门决策论坛) recently held a special session on Chinese NGOs “going out”. Xingzui Wang, deputy Director of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, attended the forum and points out that although Chinese government and business have invested over 665 billion US dollars in 184 countries, most of the contracts are construction related and has little to do with community development. According to Wang it is crucial to establish a healthy trilateral relationship among government, businesses, and NGOs in …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
Are Chinese NGOs in Nepal “lonely islands”?
A China Youth Daily article describes Chinese NGOs that took part in the Nepal earthquake relief effort as “lonely islands (孤岛)”. It acknowledges that the earthquake represented an important opportunity for Chinese NGOs to learn and participate in international collaborations, but says that their lack of experience and preparation limited their effectiveness. According to the article, the China NGO Consortium for Nepal Earthquake 2015 (CNC-Nepal) didn’t work as well as expected. Chinese NGOs established the CNC-Nepal platform to share information and experiences with one another in order to respond efficiently. However when the Chinese NGOs arrived in Nepal they were faced with three major problems: communication problems, transportation difficulties, and a lack of local guides. These caused …read more
Learning from Nepal: Part Two of an Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker
The second half of CDB’s interview with Jock Baker, an independent consultant commissioned by The Asia Foundation to analyse and share the experiences of Chinese NGOs participating in the Nepal earthquake relief effort
Learning from Nepal: An Interview with Humanitarian Relief Expert Jock Baker
CDB’s Tom Bannister talks to Jock Baker, an independent consultant commissioned by The Asia Foundation to analyse and share the experiences of Chinese NGOs participating in the Nepal earthquake relief effort
Report on Chinese Nepal earthquake fundraising released by CCIC
The China Charity Information Centre (CCIC), an information platform set up by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2006, yesterday released a comprehensive report on Chinese fundraising for the relief effort after the May 25th Nepal earthquake. According to the report, China had raised 238.01 million yuan (including goods converted into money) for the Nepal earthquake relief until May 12th. The government accounted for about 55% of the money raised with 114 million yuan in total and organizational donations amounted to 49.88 million yuan (about 24% of the total amount), of which the tourism industry and religious groups contributed significantly. The internet also played a big role in the fundraising activities according to the …read more