Keyword: Governance

Overseas NGOs continue to register new representative offices in China

Overseas NGOs continue to register new representative offices in China

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, over the last few months the overseas NGOs management offices of China’s local public security bureaus have been hard at work, enabling more overseas NGOs to register representative offices in China. This week two overseas NGOs registered new provincial offices. In Hainan, the provincial Public Security Bureau issued a registration certificate a few days ago to the Hainan representative office of the European-Chinese OBOR Culture and Tourism Development Committee, based in Belgium (OBOR stands for the “One Belt One Road” initiative). After the ceremony the two parties held a symposium, during which the director of the PSB’s overseas NGO office congratulated the NGO and presented the requirements for carrying out activities “in an orderly manner according …read more

Chengdu releases measures to support social organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Chengdu releases measures to support social organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Last week, the Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs for Chengdu issued an official notice (通知) entitled “eight measures to promote the normal operations of social organizations in order to respond to the epidemic effectively” (有效应对疫情促进社会组织正常运转8条措施). The notice is divided into three areas: support, projects and management. A summary of the eight measures is provided below: a) Providing care and condolences. For those infected and treated after participating in the epidemic control work, a one-time “care and sympathy” payment will be issued. The related funds will be paid into a special fund for the development of social organizations in Chengdu. b) Offering preferential policies. Social organizations participating in the epidemic work will be given priority …read more

MCA releases notice requesting social organizations to take an active role in epidemic control

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has recently issued a “Notice on Further Active Social Organizations in Coordinated Promotion of Epidemic Prevention and Control and Economic and Social Development”. The notice requires that the ministry-managed social organizations must resolutely implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on coordinating and advancing the prevention and control of the novel pneumonia epidemic and economic and social development. The notice emphasizes that the ministries and social organizations must “resolutely grasp the epidemic prevention and control work, keep a clear head, continue to take epidemic prevention and control as the top priority and the most important task at present, and strictly implement the epidemic …read more

Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs replies to question on unsatisfactory deployment of donations

At a press conference held yesterday in Beijing, Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs Zhan Chengfu publicly addressed some of the concerns regarding the confused and unsatisfactory deployment of donated material and funds during the early days of the COVID-2019 epidemic in Wuhan. During the press conference for the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council, the Deputy Minister was posed the following question by a Yicai (第一财经) reporter: “During the COVID-2019 epidemic, the topic of social charitable donations has received everyone’s attention. During this time, some problems came up which caught everyone’s attention, for instance that it was difficult to donate, and the issues with the allocation of the donations. …read more

New government document lends support to environmental public interest litigations

The General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the General Office of the State Council have issued the “Guiding Opinions for the Construction of a Modern Environmental Governance System” and issued a notice requesting that all localities and departments implement it in a practical and earnest manner. The document is divided into nine parts, which can be summarized as follows: The first part is the general requirements, including the guiding ideology, basic principles and main targets. The second part is about improving the leadership responsibility system for environmental governance, and improving the working mechanism of central coordination, provincial overall responsibility, and city and county implementation, clarifying the …read more

Verna Lin: Pushing ESG Disclosure to Further Advance the Global Sustainability Agenda

Verna Lin: Pushing ESG Disclosure to Further Advance the Global Sustainability Agenda

Verna Lin, the Head of GRI’s Regional Hub for the Greater China Region, spoke to CDB on the sidelines of the 2020 CRO Global Summit to share her views on ESG disclosure in the region.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs issues guidelines to regulate fundraising for epidemic control and prevention

In order to further regulate the charitable fundraising activities conducted by charitable organizations and the Red Cross in support of epidemic prevention and control in accordance with the law, the following guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs: I. Charitable organizations and the Red Cross shall strictly abide by the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Red Cross, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Donations to Public Welfare, and the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Emergency Response Laws and regulations to regulate fundraising and other activities in accordance with …read more

China's Top Ten Environmental Policies of 2019

China’s Top Ten Environmental Policies of 2019

The ten most important policies of the year for the promotion of environmental protection.

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Global Environmental Institute

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Global Environmental Institute

While the fires in the Amazon have caught international attention, the vast rainforests in another part of the world – Africa – are also vanishing at a threatening rate as foreign investment rises. CDB interviewed Global Environment Institute, a Beijing-based NGO, to talk about their projects promoting sustainable Chinese investment and trade in Africa.

Charity releases guidelines for the use of children’s information

The Children’s Public Welfare Development Center of the Leadership Matrix Network (北京博源拓智儿童公益发展中心), a Beijing organisation that focuses on the design and management of charity projects, has released new guidelines for the use of children’s information in the charity sector. The guidelines were officially released on November 20th, which was also World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This document represents a new attempt to create a normative guideline for charitable organisations in this field, after the Leadership Matrix Network’s previous guidelines for organisations and front-line workers who deal with children. The new guidelines aim to arouse more …read more

Chinese civil society helps to provide relief in the aftermath of the Yibin earthquake

At 22:55 on June 17, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Changning County near Yibin, a city in Sichuan province, China. By June 18 the earthquake had killed 13 people, with about 200 injured. According to the information from the news office of the People’s Government of Yibin, after the earthquake happened the Finance Department quickly launched a financial emergency plan and opened a “green channel” to allocate funds. At 11:30 on June 18, the first emergency relief fund of 10 million yuan was allocated to the disaster-affected areas for emergency rescue and relief. At the same time, many civil society organizations also actively participated in the disaster relief operations. Once …read more

Pilot program for Yangtze cleanup underway in Jiangsu

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment launched a massive project in March this year to identify and clean up sources of pollution that lead into the Yangtze River. It was recently reported that the pilot program is already in full swing in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. The program is divided into three investigative phases, and it has already entered phase three in Taizhou. The first phase is identification of pollution sources and data collection, mainly through the use of satellites, drones and high-resolution optic camera technology. In Taizhou, the Satellite Environment Application Center of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has set up the Nation’s first remote sensing application base to …read more

Temporary Activities: the New Normal for International NGOs in China?

Temporary Activities: the New Normal for International NGOs in China?

While it remains complicated for overseas NGOs to register a representative office in China, conducting “temporary activities” is becoming a popular solution, even for organizations that want to work in the country for the long-term.

An Overview of Chinese Foreign Aid: a Rising Player in Need of Improvement

An Overview of Chinese Foreign Aid: a Rising Player in Need of Improvement

An introduction to China’s growing foreign aid program, including its history, objectives and challenges.

Law professors respond to the “Social Organization Regulations” draft

In the beginning of August, the Ministry of Civil Affairs published the “Regulations for the registration management of social organizations (draft to solicit feedback)” (abbreviated as the “Social Organization Regulations”). The new regulations represent the government’s attempt to combine the previous three sets of regulations, aimed respectively at social groups, foundations, and citizen-run non-enterprise units, into one comprehensive law for all social organizations. The draft aims at collecting opinions from public intellectuals and nonprofit practitioners before the law is finalized. In response Liu Peifeng, a law professor at Beijing Normal University (BNU), and Ma Jianying, an associate law professor at BNU, have written a critique to analyze the legal context …read more

Wang Zhenyao’s Analysis of the Congress Report

Wang Zhenyao, Dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University and the China Global Philanthropy Institute, is a famous figure within China’s charity sector. In a recent interview with the China Philanthropy Times (公益时报), he shared his thoughts on the report of the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress. During the interview, Wang was asked what effect the inclusion of social organizations as a pathway towards consultative democracy would have, and the consequent change in social organizations’ political status. Wang claimed that the inclusion of social organizations into the system of consultative democracy clearly reflected the enhancement of their political functions. Lots of social affairs have become priorities in the …read more

A perspective on China's ban on importing foreign waste

A perspective on China’s ban on importing foreign waste

This July, China announced a ban on the import of 24 types of solid waste by the end of the year, with the motivation of protecting its environmental interests and the public’s health. Three month into the new regulations, Hu Boyang from Narada Insight shared his perspective on the ban. China has been a top destination for waste for years, importing garbage from around the world for recycling to secure cheap commodities for manufacturers, at the risk however of severe environmental costs. To elaborate Hu takes Guiyu, the notorious E-Waste town in Guangdong, as an example: the considerable profits from the recycling of electronics has brought thousands of workshops to …read more

Statistics on ONGOs' Registrations and Temporary Activities, January to August

Statistics on ONGOs’ Registrations and Temporary Activities, January to August

This article offers an overview of the statistics on Overseas NGOs registering in China under the new legal framework, looking at the period from January until August 2017.