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.
NGOs Have a Role in Organizing Society: An Interview with Michael Busgen
CDB Editor, Liu Haiying, interviews Michael Busgen, long-time observer of China’s NGO sector, who offers some refreshing commentary on the past, present and future of China’s NGOs.
Chinese Aid Abroad: The People’s Forum on International Social Responsibility
Assistant Director of CDB (English) Tom Bannister and CDB intern Luke Winship report on an influential forum on the role of China in overseas aid.
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.
Phoenix News – Wang Zhenyao: Turning around to face the past three years without regret, this is the life that I wanted
Wang Zhenyao: Turning around to face the past three years without regret, this is the life that I wanted 王振耀：转身三年不后悔 这是我向往的生活 By Hou Lixin 侯力新, Phoenix News Public Welfare 凤凰网公益, December 10, 2013 Wang Zhenyao has now spent three years as the President of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, after serving for twenty years in the Ministry of Civil Affairs, with his last post being the Director-General of the Department of Social Welfare. Wang does not regret his decision to leave the government agency: “It makes me feel satisfied and happy, it’s exactly what I wanted to do after leaving”. In Wang’s opinion, in the thirty years of reform and …read more
Who has the right to launch a public interest lawsuit?
At the end of October, China’s ‘Environmental Protection Law’ was again discussed in the NPC Standing Committee’s third investigation. The discussion touched upon the requirements for public interest lawsuits, and meant that once again society focused on the issues surrounding legal action.
Environmental Advocacy Through Institutionalized Interaction with the Government
This is the second installment of a case study examining a Chongqing environmental NGO that uses a novel and effective way to supervise local government agencies and companies.
Philanthropy Times – The historical growth of Chinese private foundations
The ‘Foundation Supervision Regulations’ were issued in June of 2004, opening the door to the non-governmental funding and establishment of private foundations. In November of that same year, the fourth Plenum of the 16th Central Committee put forward their “social construction” concept.
The Chongqing Two Rivers Center: An Environmental Watchdog
Fu Tao, CDB’s Senior Researcher, reports on a relatively new environmental NGO in Chongqing that has established a regular pattern of interaction with the local Environment Protection Bureau.
Philanthropy Times – Analysis of the growing trends of Chinese social organisations: The transformation from quantity to quality
Analysis of the growing trends of Chinese social organisations: The transformation from quantity to quality 中国社会组织发展趋势分析：由量到质的转变 By Wang Ming and Ding Jingjing 王名, 丁晶晶, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, October 15, 2013 The report from the 18th Party Congress included a series of important ideas relating to the construction of society. It proposed to “strengthen the construction of society whilst improving peoples welfare and innovating new management techniques”; to “accelerate the improvement of the social system”; and to “speed up the withdrawal of the state from social organisations, the clarification of rights and responsibilities, and the legal autonomy of social organisations”. This echoes the active exploration and energetic advance of innovative new …read more
“Non-Legal” Orphanages and the Chinese State
In this summary of a broader project, Anna High examines the survival and oversight of local, grassroots NGOs engaged in a particularly sensitive sector: the care of orphans by underground church groups and foreign mission workers.
Tongxin Experimental and New Citizen’s Jinghua: Beijing’s Migrant Schools Meet Different Fates
The author, who goes by the pseudonym, Zhong Shiwu, discusses how one migrant school was able to survive a rash of school closings in Beijing by going public rather than engage in behind-the-scenes negotiations
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.
“Civil Society” or “People’s Society”: Where’s the Party?
Patricia Thornton, uses the case of Shanghai to examine an important trend that has received little attention: the increasingly proactive role of the Party and Party-organized NGOs (PONGOs) in managing and guiding the development of the NGO sector.
A Chinese NGO with International Characteristics: The Morning Tears Advocacy Model
China’s internationalization has led to the emergence of NGOs that no longer fit neatly into the Chinese NGO or international NGO category but rather constitute a hybrid. Fiorinda Di Fabio looks at one such hybrid and its blueprint for conducting effective advocacy on child protection and welfare in China.