The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum held in Chengdu
The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum was held in Chengdu on the 23-24 of July, jointly organized by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the government of Sichuan Province. Over 200 representatives from more than 30 countries attended the forum. Themed “promoting civil society forces, facilitating Sino-African friendship and trust”, the forum is part of a series of events held prior to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in September. The event began with Song Tao, Minister of the Foreign Relations Department of the CPC Central Committee, reading out President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory letter to the forum. In his letter, Xi emphasized that people-to-people friendship is a crucial foundation for state-to-state relations, …read more
45 million Yuan marked for poverty alleviation in Sichuan
On the 6th of June, it was announced in the conference of the provincial social organisations involved in deep poverty alleviation in impoverished counties that the Sichuan civil administration has arranged funds of 45 million RMB from 2018 to 2020 for a “seed fund” specifically to be used in projects for the alleviation of deep poverty in 45 counties. This year 35 provincial social organisations with the appropriate capacities, in a “one to one or one to many” (一对一或一对多) matching scheme, will take on specific projects within areas of deep poverty, and get involved in work to alleviate poverty in said areas. According to the relevant personnel from the provincial civil …read more
Claiming the Space for an Independent, Progressive Civil Society in China
The founder of CDB’s English-language platform, Shawn Shieh, on how a recent fact-finding mission to Israel and Palestine to meet with local NGOs led him to appreciate the importance of indepedent platforms like CDB.
China to establish International Development Cooperation Agency
During the fourth session of the first annual meeting of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress on March 13th, it was announced that a new state-level International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA) will be set up to integrate the responsibilities of the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign affairs concerning foreign aid. State councillor Wang Yong, entrusted by the State Council, stated that the IDCA will be targeted at giving full play to the role of foreign aid as a major instrument of Chinese diplomacy. A unified management of foreign aid work will also be promoted, and foreign assistance will be optimized in order to better serve the overall needs of …read more
Tianjin PSB organises event to answer the questions of overseas NGOs
Last week the office of ONGO management of the Tianjin Municipal Public Security Bureau held a “Service Day” event aimed at the representatives of ONGOs. The activity was attended by the chief representatives of the Tianjin offices of eight ONGOs and by officials from eight PSUs, including the Tianjin Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, the Tianjin Municipal Commission of Commerce, the Tianjin Municipal Trade Union, the Tianjin Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the Tianjin Municipal Office of the State Administration of Taxation, and by officials from other related administrations and universities. Officials from the office of ONGO management gave a briefing regarding ONGO registration, projects conducted in Tianjin, and the …read more
Our Registration Story: The Asia Foundation
Another piece from the Center for Charity Law’s “Our Registration Story” series, this time focusing on the Asia Foundation, one of the first international NGOs to work in China.
Foreign NGO Law Discussed at the First U.S.-China Social and Cultural Dialogue
Editor’s Note This report originally appeared on ChinaFile. Please find the original here. The Foreign NGO Law and civil society cooperation more generally featured at the inaugural U.S.-China Social and Cultural Dialogue on September 28. As described in the U.S. statement on the dialogue, “Both sides discussed China’s foreign NGO management law, and concurred that it will not impede the legal activities of American NGOs in China. The United States looks forward to consultations with China on the foreign NGO management law before the end of this year.” Key in this brief mention is inclusion of the word legal, which neatly concludes that only legal activities should be permitted, without specifying which types …read more
Our Registration Story: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Following TNC’s successful registration in Beijing, chief representative Joyce Ma talks to the Center for Charity Law about her organization’s history in China, how it faced the challenge of registering under the new law, and its plans for the future.
Xinjiang announces plan to use renewable energy for heating
According to a report by the National Development and Reform Commission (发改委) of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on August 31st, Xinjiang has completed its “Renewable energy clean heating program 2017-2021”. According to the plan, by 2021 heating from “surplus” renewable energy sources will cover around 38 million square meters across the whole of Xinjiang, and 1.17 million tons of standard coal will be saved by the use of this kind of heating. At present, Xinjiang provides heating to areas totalling around 675 million square meters, including 235 million square meters equipped with gas-fired boiler heating, 80 million square meters with heat and power combination heating, 177 million square meters with …read more
National charity information platform launched, aims to promote public trust
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has launched a National Charity Information Platform (全国慈善信息公开平台), with the aim of making it easier for the public to find information about charitable organizations and supervise their activities. The opening ceremony was held on September the 4th. The launching of this platform is a response to last year’s Charity Law, which requires that charitable organizations be transparent with their information. By 8 AM on September 4th, the platform had released information regarding 2,134 charitable organizations and 38 charitable trust filings. Out of these organizations, 517 have qualifications for public fundraising; they released information about 837 public fundraising activities and 1,595 charity projects through the platform. During the opening …read more
Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation
An interview with Elizabeth Knupp, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, about the Ford Foundation’s experience registering in China under the Overseas NGO Law and its future plans in the country.
Oxfam receives its registration credentials in Gansu and Guangdong
Yesterday Oxfam’s office in Gansu province received its registration credentials from the provincial Public Security Bureau (PSB), following the successful registration of Oxfam’s office in Guangdong on the 2nd of June. The professional supervisory unit (PSU) responsible for Oxfam’s office in Gansu is the Department of Education of Gansu Province, and the office’s work mainly focuses on education, poverty alleviation and disaster relief and recovery. When it comes to the Guangdong office, its PSU is the Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province. Through cooperation with organizations at all levels, Oxfam’s office in Guangdong implements programs including community development for disadvantaged groups, policy advocacy, capacity building for charitable organizations and …read more
Heilongjiang and Tibet issue registration credentials to two overseas NGOs
The first overseas NGOs have been awarded their registration credentials in Heilongjiang and Tibet. The two NGOs that registered are the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization (Japan) in Heilongjiang and the Nima Association (Germany) in Tibet. The ceremonies to mark the registration were held on the 13th of June. In Heilongjiang the head of the local PSB congratulated the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization as the first registered overseas NGO in China’s northernmost province, and expressed their wish that it can continue to act as a bridge between Heilongjiang and Yamagata. The chief representative of the NGO expressed its appreciation for the warm services of the PSB, and stated …read more
CPAFFC appointed government supervisory unit for German foundations
Mr. Li Xikui, Secretary General of CPAFFC. A good option may have presented itself for all the foreign NGOs in China that are still looking for a government supervisory unit in order to register, as required by the Overseas NGO Law. A few days ago it was announced that the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) would act as the government supervisory unit for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, three out of the four German political party foundations that registered in Beijing as overseas NGOs this week. CPAFFC was founded in 1954 as a nation-wide entity specializing in foreign …read more
The Nature Conservancy latest overseas NGO to successfully register
Representatives from The Nature Conservancy and Beijing’s Public Security Bureau. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) received its registration credentials from the Beijing Public Security Bureau on May 24th, becoming the latest international NGO to be able to register in China since the Overseas NGO Law was passed in January. Established in the US in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is now the world’s largest non-profit environmental protection organization. Currently operating in more than 60 nations around the globe, TNC overseas 500,000 square kilometers of protected nature reserves, 8,000 kilometers of rivers and more than 100 marine habitat zones. In addition, TNC engages in various projects around the world, including those involving biodiversity, …read more
Four German political foundations register in Beijing as overseas NGOs
Representatives from German political foundations displaying their registration credentials. This week, Beijing’s Public Security Bureau awarded registration credentials to four German political foundations: the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Party political foundations are an institution specific to Germany. Subsidized by the German government, there are six party political foundations in Germany, each affiliated with its respective political party. They engage in international aid and volunteer training activities. The four foundations that have successfully registered in Beijing are respectively affiliated with the Christian Democratic Union, the Green Party, the Left Party and the Christian Social Union. The Chinese People’s Association …read more