Keyword: International Partnerships

The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation deepens its involvement in Africa

On June 26, the international seminar “Global Management: China-Africa education cooperation and people-to-people exchanges” was held at the African Institute of Zhejiang Normal University. During the seminar Wu Peng, the director of the international development department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), gave a talk about the poverty reduction projects that the CFPA has been carrying out in Africa recently, setting a pioneering path for Chinese foundations. As Wu Peng explained, since 2007 the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has carried out projects involving maternal and paediatric hospitals, school canteens, care packages, water cellars, and women’s professional training in countries including Guinea Bissau, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Namibia, and Ghana. They have …read more

Representatives of Chinese foundations take exchange trip to Europe

On June 10, a group of high representatives of Chinese foundations began an official ten-day visit of Germany and Belgium. The exchange group, which received the support of Germany’s Mercator Foundation, was made up of nine high representatives from the Shanghai Zijiang Foundation, the Shenzhen One Foundation, the Beijing Yongyou Foundation, the Shanghai United Foundation, the Beijing Longway Foundation, the SEE Foundation, the Shenzhen Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology Foundation, the Shanghai Yicai Foundation, and the China Foundation Forum, as well as professor Liu Peifeng from the law school of Beijing Normal University. During the visit, the group held discussions with local foundations and organizations, including the Robert Bosch Foundation, …read more

First Belt and Road International Philanthropy Talents Exchange Program held

The first Belt and Road “International Philanthropy Talents Exchange Program”, launched during the third World Philanthropy Forum in 2018, was held between May 10 and 17 in Hong Kong and Bangkok. The program was jointly hosted by the China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, the Institute for Philanthropy Tsinghua University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the United Nations Development Programme. Eleven leaders from various social organizations working in China attended the event. While in Hong Kong the delegation attended a training workshop on charity management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well talks at different charity organizations including World Vision, the Hong Kong Jockey Club …read more

China and Italy sign MoU on philanthropy

China and Italy sign MoU on philanthropy

In the context of the Chinese president’s recent visit to Italy, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the China-Italy Charity Forum was signed on the 23rd of March. It is the only philanthropic project among the nineteen collaborative programs signed between the two countries, and signals a definite step up in the level of collaboration between the two countries in the field of philanthropy. Sergio Mattarella, the Italian president, gave a speech at the state banquet on the evening of March 22nd, proclaiming that the charity forum represents the enthusiasm for cooperation of both countries. The “Eastern and Western Leaders Summit” of the China-Italy Charity Forum was also held in the Lincean Academy, …read more

China brings satellite TV access to 1,000 Nigerian villages

The launching ceremony of the “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages” Nigeria Project was held on January 14 in Kpaduma, a suburban village in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. Kpaduma was chosen as one of the 1000 Nigerian villages taking part in this project to enhance access to satellite TV. The project is one of the China-Africa cooperation programs that came out of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2015. Under this project schools, hospitals and churches will each receive a TV set with access to 21 TV channels, and 20 families will each receive a set of direct broadcast satellite terminal systems and 21 …read more

Chinese environmental protection organizations visit Laos and Cambodia

On September 25-30, the China Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association (CECRPA) joined eight environmental protection social organizations, enterprises and institutions, including the China Environmental Protection Federation, the China-Japan Friendship Environmental Protection Center, the Environmental Planning Institute and the Environmental and Economic Policy Research Center, went to Laos and Cambodia to carry out environmental policy and technology talks and exchanges for deepening the green “Belt and Road” initiative. This exchange is the second one in half a year, since the CECRPA organized another group to go to Laos and Cambodia for civil activities in March. As reported by 中国社会组织动态, a WeChat account run by the Management of Social Organizations Office of the …read more

“Belt and Road” international forum announces plan to restore poplar forests

The Belt and Road International Forum on Public Cooperation for Ecological Remediation, hosted by the China Green Foundation, the China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the foreign cooperation project center of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, was held in Wuwei (Gansu province) on September 12 and 13. The forum’s theme was “sharing the experience of China’s ecological management, promoting international cooperation among NGOs and facilitating ecological co-construction and sharing”. A total of 180 representatives from over 20 countries and international organizations were in attendance, including members of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the International Network of Bamboo and Rattan, the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Managemenet, the …read more

Chinese NGOs seek local partnerships in Nepal

Chinese NGOs seek local partnerships in Nepal

Yubraj, a primary school student in Kathmandu, Nepal, was recently taught how to say “hello” in Chinese. “That is a classroom building that the Chinese have built for us”, said Yubraj. “I’ve never been to China, but I want to go and check out the temples there.” On July 30th Yubraj, along with some of his classmates, represented their school to receive donations from Chinese NGOs during the “China-Nepal Public Welfare Project Donation Ceremony”. Yubraj and his schoolmates now have 260 new school bags and many sporting facilities. The ceremony was part of a series of resource-matching and contract signing events for Chinese and Nepalese NGOs that the China Association for …read more

The 5th China-Africa People’s Forum held in Chengdu

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

Jack Ma donates $3M to Jordan's Queen Rania's Foundation for Education and Development

Jack Ma donates $3M to Jordan’s Queen Rania’s Foundation for Education and Development

Editor’s note This report was originally published by Alizila. You can find the original here.   The Jack Ma Foundation on Monday announced the first stage of a $3 million donation in support of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, a nonprofit group headed by the Queen of Jordan to promote education in the Middle Eastern country. The announcement was made by Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma during his trip to Jordan this week, when he visited the office of Edraak, a free online education platform supported by the Queen’s foundation. Ma, a former English teacher, has maintained a lifelong commitment to promoting education. Founded in 2014, the …read more

Dr. Wang Chao (Save the Children): the Future of China's Overseas NGOs

Dr. Wang Chao (Save the Children): the Future of China’s Overseas NGOs

A talk by Wang Chao, Save the Children’s chief representative in China, discussing what the future will hold for international charities working in the Middle Kingdom.

Four German political foundations register in Beijing as overseas NGOs

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

Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar

Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar

  On May 20, a project linked to China’s One Belt and One Road initiative began offering surgery to impoverished cataracts patients in Myanmar’s ex-capital and largest city, Yangon. With plans to offer the cataract surgery to some 200 patients, the initiative is part of a program called “Overseas Chinese love is bright”. The activity is jointly sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, the Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Aier Eye Hospital. Doctor’s from the Hospital, which is located in Kunming, arrived on May 19 and immediately began work performing surgery on more than 40 patients. On the morning of May 20, an official …read more

Chinese volunteer organization spearheads anti-poaching efforts in Africa

Chinese volunteer organization spearheads anti-poaching efforts in Africa

Universal Tactical Association volunteers at their training center in Beijing.  On May 15, the Universal Tactical Association (UTA) held a farewell meeting for their Africa Anti-poaching Voluntary Action Committee at a training center in Beijing. During the meeting, the founder of the committee made a presentation introducing the program and the work that the anti-poaching group hopes to achieve while in Africa. Comprised of six men and two women, the group of eight volunteers will perform fieldwork across the 2000 square kilometers of Zimbabwe’s National Park over the course of two months, using small surveillance aircrafts, ATVs and rafts to engage in patrolling activities throughout the park. They hope to …read more

African officials learn about Chinese civil society in Fuzhou

On May 14, more than 30 government officials from 11 francophone African countries convened at a charity forum in Fuzhou to discuss public welfare experiences and techniques. The forum was held by a Fujian student aid charity association (福建省简单助学公益协会), a non-profit organization established in 2003 that works towards poverty alleviation and education. As of May 9, the organization has donated more than 18 million Yuan and spent more than 10,000 hours working to help more than 3,000 children. The association’s executive chairman Zheng Bin humbly told reporters that since opening fifteen years ago, the association has merely used grassroots methods and mobilized ordinary people to help children in need. Among …read more

First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative

First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative

Aerial view of Gwadar, with the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center in the foreground.  On May 7, the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center opened in the southern Pakistani port city of Gwadar after receiving construction aid from the Red Cross Society of China. Gwadar is located at the southern end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a component of China’s much-publicised “One Belt and One Road” initiative. The economic corridor is an ambitious plan to link Western China with the Arabian Sea via massive infrastructure projects and special economic zones through Pakistan. The China-Pakistan First Aid Corridor is a subset of the project, aiming to provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance …read more

Overseas NGOs attend

Overseas NGOs attend “One Belt and One Road” forum

On May 10, representatives from 11 overseas NGOs were invited by the Public Security Bureau to attend a forum in Beijing on the “One Belt and One Road”, the international development framework proposed by the Chinese government that includes the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Maritime Silk Road”. The invited NGOs included the World Economic Forum, the US-China Business Council, the American Energy Foundation, the World-Wide Fund for Nature and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. In addition, the foreign relations and commerce departments of Tsinghua University and Peking University were present at the forum. During the forum various organizations expressed an interest in the …read more

Chen Tianqiao responds to criticism for his donation to Caltech

The founder of Shanda Group, Chen Tianqiao, made a $115 million donation last year to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for neuroscience research, which was met with widespread criticism in China. The millionaire recently responded to criticisms of his donation, revealing that his contribution to the university’s neuroscience department is simply him trying to do his part to help research on the mechanism of the human brain. Chen describes his donation to Caltech as “giving the ball to the person closest to the front door”, using a football analogy. When asked about the motivation for his donation, Chen told reporters, “I was not trying to give myself any recognition, …read more