China Daily: NGOs urged to play a bigger role on global issues
According to a recent report by China Daily, Xiao Fenghuai, deputy director general of the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges of the Ministry of Commerce, spoke in Beijing at a two-day international seminar on the role of non-governmental bodies, entitled “Non-State Actors in Asian Development Cooperation: The Role of Non-governmental Organizations”. The April 19-20 seminar was jointly hosted by the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), the Korea Development Institute, the Asia Foundation, and Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Department. Topics include history and the role of civil society in development cooperation in Asia and the institutional framework for civil society activities. Xiao said NGOs should act as an …read more
Public opinion solicited for social organization withdrawal mechanism
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has drafted the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ Opinions on Improving the Withdrawal Mechanism of Social Organization (The Draft to Solicit Public Opinion) (《民政部关于健全社会组织退出机制的意见(征求意见稿)》), in order to strengthen the supervision and management of social organizations, increase the level of cleanliness of social organizations, clarify the different ways, basis and procedures according to which social organizations’ registration can be withdrawn, and regulate the organs which register and manage social organizations to fulfill their duties in accordance with the law. Public feedback to the draft was sollicited from December the 2nd to the 10th. The draft clearly defines two methods for the withdrawing of social organizations. The first …read more
US-China Charity Law Workshop held in Beijing
Over 40 US and Chinese legal experts and NGO practitioners gathered recently in a Charity Law Workshop in Beijing, addressing the controversy over China’s Charity Law draft (see here) and Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to donate 99% of his shares to charity. The workshop was held by the Charity Law Research Center(慈善法律研究中心) of the China Philanthropy Research Institute (中国公益研究院). MS Evelyn Brody, a law professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, kicked off the workshop with a speech on legal forms and taxation for US charity organizations. The requirements and procedures for establishing a charitable trust and a non-profit legal person in the US are different from each other. There is …read more
NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement
Fifteen NGOs that conduct climate change related work in China delivered a joint statement on December 13 in response to the newly reached Paris Agreement. The statement described the agreement as a significant milestone and a bridge between developed and developing countries as well as between the old and the new climate orders. The NGOs praised China’s vital contribution in achieving the agreement. They suggested that active controls on coal, renewable energy promotion, and nationwide carbon emission restrictions should be incorporated into the 13th five-year plan (social and economic blueprint for 2016 to 2020). The NGOs are optimistic that the tolerance and openness of the Paris Agreement will translate into …read more
CCCPC releases opinion on Party-Building in “social organizations”
Xinhua New Agency reported on September 28 that the General Office of CPC Central Committee recently published the “Opinion on Enhancing Party Building Work in Social Organizations (trial) (关于加强社会组织党的建设工作的意见（试行）)”. NGOs (or “social organizations”, 社会组织）were first required to establish Party Groups by “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial)” which was passed on May 29th 2015 (see CDB news here). According to the report, the fundamental aim of the Opinion is to enhance CPC’s leadership among NGOs, and the Opinion stipulates that the Party Groups within NGOs must act as the political nucleus. The Opinion gives clear guidance on the management mechanism of NGO Party groups. For instance, the …read more
A Comparison Between Chinese and U.S. Philanthropy
CDB’s Chen Yimei outlines some of the key differences between the U.S. and Chinese philanthropic sectors.
CFPA successfully registers in Nepal
The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) has officially registered as an international non-government organization in Nepal. At 13:30 on August 13th 2015, the agreement-signing ceremony was held at the office of the Social Welfare Council of Nepal. On the occasion of the 60 anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nepal, CFPA became the first Chinese NGO registered in Nepal. 20 members of the Chinese and Nepali media attended the signing ceremony Photo on the agreement signing ceremony According to their own press relsease, the registration of the CFPA office is not only a significant step forward for the internationalization of the organization but also a “meaningful exploration” for Chinese …read more
MOCA explains social organizations’ GDP statistics
On July 30th, Caixin News reported that, according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for the Third Sector’s report, the official GDP data of social organizations is far less than the actual data. An official from Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) later did an interview with Caixin explaining the differences between the numbers, and also confirmed that there might be errors in the raw data that had been announced.
Plan to “decouple” industry associations and chambers of commerce
On July 9th, the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council published a “General Plan to Decouple Industry Association Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Authorities” (Plan) (行业协会商会与行政机关脱钩总体方案). According to the Plan, nearly 70,000 industry associations and chambers of commerce, which come under the category of “social associations” (社会团体), would be separated from the executive authorities or their professional supervisory units. The first round of implementation of the plan will be tested in 100 different associations and chambers all over the nation in the second half of 2015 and will continue to expand testing areas in 2016. The Plan proposes to fully separate …read more
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.