NPC passes Anti-Domestic Violence Law
The People’s Republic of China Anti-Domestic Violence Law was released during the Eighteenth Session of the Twelfth Standing Committee of the NPC on December 27. This law will be enforced from March 1st, 2016. It defines domestic violence as beating, binding, restricting personal freedom, frequent abusive remarks and threats within families which cause physical and mental damage. The law, which is the first legislation to address domestic violence in China, contains a few remarkable points. First of all, it stipulates that psychological violence should also be seen as a kind of domestic violence. Apart from that, it also mandates that violence between “people living together”, even when they are not married, should be regarded …read more
China Daily: CANGO sets up program to combat climate change
China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) has started an education program to raise awareness of environmental protection and climate change among students in China. As reported by China Daily Europe, from December 2012 to August 2015, CANGO has trained 810 teachers from 449 selected middle schools from both metropolises and rural areas across five provinces of China. These middle schools are mostly recruited from CANGO’s NGO network. According to Huang Haoming, the secretary-general of CANGO, German organization Brot Fuer Die Welt, or Bread for the World provided funding for this program. As part of the program, CANGO has also organized a national design competition for middle school students with the theme …read more
The Left-Behind Children of Longnan
In March and April of 2015, photographer Liu Feiyue went into Longnan, Gansu Province twice for his visual profile series on left-behind children. CDB has re-published the photos and translated their captions with the permission of the photographer.
NHFPC requires schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting system
Due to an increase in HIV/AIDS infection among students, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently published a Notice to ask schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting systems (关于建立疫情通报制度 进一步加强学校艾滋病防控工作的通知) and requires schools to organize consultations to analyze reasons for epidemics and ways of controlling them.
New government HIV/AIDS fund to support social organizations
At the end of July The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) released the “Notice on the Establishment of the Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention by Social Organizations” (关于建立社会组织参与艾滋病防治基金的通知) after the Fund had been approved by the State Council. At the same time the Commission also made public the “Interim Measures on the Management of the Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention by Social Organizations (社会组织参与艾滋病防治基金管理办法（暂行）), according to which social organizations (社会组织) registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as well as “organizations in social organization incubator bases” (社会组织培训基地) that have been established by the departments of civil affairs and family planning, can now apply to the Fund to support their HIV/AIDS programs.
Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation: from “Non-Public” to “Public”
CDB’s Lu Xiaohong traces the development of the Beijing New Sunshine Charity Foundation, one of China’s first grassroots foundations to gain “public” status
NGOs hoping to play a bigger role in China’s anti-smoking campaign
May 31st was World No-Tobacco Day and it was also the last day that the Beijing government will allow smoking in public places. From June 1st, the municipal government will implement it’s “Beijing Smoking Ban” (北京市控烟条例), which will ban smoking inside all public spaces. According to a Jiemian.com article, Chinese grassroots NGOs are hoping to play a bigger role in tobacco control nationwide. Both Friends of Nature and Yiyun (益云, 公益互联网) recently co-organized the “Put out Your Cigarette for Love” (为爱熄烟) event in support of the up-coming smoking ban. The event gained much attention and support from other NGOs. Furthermore, in previous years Chinese NGOs have been actively involved in tobacco control. For example, NGOs …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Stephen Hallett of China Vision
An Interview with Stephen Hallett, Chair and Co-founder of China Vision, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
New regulation encourages private investment in elderly care sector
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published a new law on its website on February 25, 2015, titled “Notice on Opinions upon Encouraging Private Capital to Invest in Elderly Care Industry”(关于鼓励民间资本参与养老服务业发展的实施意见). It was issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with nine other government departments. According to the document, the government will encourage private investment in the elderly care service industry to help with its aging population. Non-governmental investors are encouraged to run elderly care facilities, including nursing homes and recreational centers. They can also cooperate with the government to form joint ventures to build and develop facilities for senior citizens.Tax incentives, favorable land-use policies, and other preferential policies for elderly …read more
China launches new plan for children development in impoverished areas
On January 15th, 2015, the State Council published the «Plan for the development of children in impoverished areas 2014 – 2020» that should benefit 40 million children. The plan aims at bringing the living conditions of these children up to national standards.
Rural woman files first lawsuit on forced sterilization in China
Two years ago Xia Runying, a female farmer in Jiangxi province, was forcibly sterilized by the local family planning committee. She filed a lawsuit against the committee, asserting that the surgery was illegal and seeking compensation; the first such case in China.
Paper-cutting love: Peng Maolin and her big family of hemophilia patients
This article is about, Peng Maolin, mother of a hemophiliac son and founder of Chongqing’s first support program for hemophiliacs, the “Hemophilia Association of Chongqing” created in 2006.
75% of city dwellers are ready to pay more for safe drinking water
On December 1st, Xylem Inc. (赛莱默公司) and the China Water Network E20 environmental platform (中国E20环境平台中国水网) co-published the “2014 China water quality index research report”.
Today is World Toilet Day, do you know what “third toilets” are?
This short article first introduces “World Toilet Day” explaining that there are currently 2,5 billion people without access to proper toilets in the world then focuses on the situation in China.
State Council encourages the proliferation of medical liability insurance
On the 18th of November 2014, the State Council issued the “Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Commercial Health Insurance” calling on more Chinese to purchase health insurance.
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.
Foxconn workers do not contract leukemia via direct contact with Benzene
Apple are again in the midst of a storm about working conditions at Foxconn. Many young workers have contracted leukaemia even though Foxconn says that no workers have had direct contact with chemicals. Apple, Foxconn and Labour Action China, a labour NGO based in Hong Kong, are all investigating the case.
Banning drugs: what are grassroots NGOs doing?
the Philanthropy Times interviews three persons involved in the NGOs working with drug addicts and tells their stories.