Beijing plans to build elderly care centres in every residential district
240 million Yuan of government money and 2 billion of social capital will be invested in this project. But Prof. Lu Jiehua of Peking University says that long-term nursing insurance needs to enter the social insurance system to be effective.
Government purchasing of services could become a new disaster area for corruption
Nationwide public spending on services has experienced many problems due to financial management malpractice. These include the violation of existing laws, market monopolization, and deals conducted in secrecy.
China Philanthropy Advisors – Feng Yongfeng: the values and vitality of grassroots organizations
To truly be considered ‘grassroots’, the author, Feng Yongfeng, believes that an organization should express the multi-colored nature of society, and have ‘serving the community’ as its mission
The Ministry of Civil Affairs’ “Top Ten Major Events for Social Organizations in 2013”
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published its own top ten list for the social organization sector in 2013, with most items focused on policy developments.
Scaling Up Social Service Outsourcing in China: An Exploratory Study of HIV CSOs in Yunnan
In this well-researched study, independent consultant Marta Jagusztyn examines how recent plans to scale up government procurement of services will impact grassroots CSOs and how it can be improved to support the long-term development of China’s CSOs.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 13: On the Eve of the Third Plenum, Are We Seeing a Depoliticization of the NGO Sector?
This Policy Brief is our first in 2013. We hope to continue to publish a Policy Brief once a month or at least once every two months over the next year.
Southern Daily – Social organizations unable to accept Foshan’s RMB 2.4 million for service procurement
With the municipal government of Foshan, Guangdong ready to disperse RMB 2.4 million to social organizations in service procurement, the government is finding that social organizations are unable to accept this significant amount of funding.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 12: A New Dawn After the 18th Party Congress?
After the 18th Party Congress, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, who have been anointed to become the new president and premier respectively made a number of public appearances that gave observers some optimism that the new leadership will be supportive of reforms strengthening China’s civil society, but we will have to wait and see if they follow up with actions, and not just words.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 9: Meet Your Local Social Affairs Committee
October has been a pretty quiet month as we approach the 18th Party Congress which is now scheduled to start on November 8.
The government procures a 16.5 million yuan worth social work project
Reports on the start of Guangdong province’s largest youth social work project involving a “youth zone” for casework projects carried out by youth social workers.
Third party evaluation is very Important in government procurement of services
The Guangdong provincial government recently issued the “Provisional Measures on Government Procurement of Social Organization Services,” clarifying the scope, procedures, and funding arrangements for government procurement of social organization services. The main sectors covered by these Provisional Measures are education, sanitation, culture, community affairs, care for the elderly and disabled, industry accreditation and auditing, scientific research, law, and policy research. An important issue will be finding an independent third party institution that can evaluate the social organization’s performance without interference from the government.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 6: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?
This month saw more policy changes emanating from the provincial governments in Beijing and Guangdong as the central and local governments adopt various partial measures in the absence of more up-to-date, comprehensive, national laws and regulations.
When Will government procurement of services benefit ordinary NGOs?
This article discusses the push for government procurement of social services in Guangdong and the many challenges it poses for NGOs.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 4: Coopting Chinese NGOs?
Several news articles during this period offer a more sobering assessment of developments in the nonprofit sector, or the “charitable” or “public welfare” sector as it is commonly referred to in the Chinese press and official documents. These articles highlight an effort by the Chinese government to maintain close ties to, and control over, social organizations
For Public Interest Groups, Registration is Difficult, Taxes and Fees are Onerous and Resources are Few
rofessor Wang Ming, director of Tsinghua University’s NGO Research Center and a member of the national Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference made a proposal to carry out more favorable tax policies for non-public fundraising foundations and social organizations, and to promote more government contracting to grassroots social organizations.