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How China's Overseas NGO Law was Conceived

How China’s Overseas NGO Law was Conceived

The process of drawing up China’s Overseas NGO Law of 2017 was more complex than many imagine. A draft of the law was opened up to public comment, and the feedback provided by the NGO sector contributed to the final result.

Controversy over the Shuidichou fundraising platform

The crowdfunding platform Shuidichou has become embroiled in controversy once again. On November 30, the video-sharing website known as “Pear Video” (梨视频) published a seven-minute expose’ of the company’s practices. Filmed in secret, the video revealed that promoters providing offline services for Shuidichou intentionally guided the relatives of hospital patients to launch dishonest fundraising drives in order to receive a percentage of the profits. The promoters failed to check, or even concealed, the property status of the people asking for help, filled in the final target for the donations at will and neglected to ascertain the purpose of the donations. The video immediately aroused public concern, given that Shuidichou is one of China’s …read more

(CDB Forum 2019) Lu Xuan - How Overseas NGOs Can Work Legally in China

(CDB Forum 2019) Lu Xuan – How Overseas NGOs Can Work Legally in China

Lu Xuan, from the Legal Centre for NGOs, explains some important points concerning the Overseas NGO Law and the operations of overseas NGOs in China.

Report on study of left-behind children published

Editor’s Note The recent case of a left-behind girl of 11 subjected to sexual assault aroused broad attention after being reported. The case exposes the vulnerability of many left-behind children to sexual exploitation. Below is our abridged translation of an article by the Woqi Foundation (沃启基金会), introducing a report on left-behind children produced by the foundation. You can find the original article here. The report analyses their needs, sorts out and presents the status of the relevant supporting policies (and resources), and then scans the sector of local organizations, and also further analyzes and refines the intervention mode, hoping to guide a rational and effective flow of charity resources to left-behind children. The …read more

(CDB Forum 2019) Professor Jia Xijin on the Overseas NGO Law

(CDB Forum 2019) Professor Jia Xijin on the Overseas NGO Law

A translation of the talk by Professor Jia Xijin, of Tsinghua University, at CDB’s recent forum for overseas NGOs

Four overseas NGOs register representative offices in Beijing

According to information provided on the Ministry of Public Security’s website, four new overseas NGOs officially registered representative offices in Beijing on December 2, bringing the total number of representative offices of overseas NGOs in Mainland China to 514. The four latest organisations to register are the Southwest Research Institute (US), the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (Hong Kong), the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong), and the World Cement Association (United Kingdom). None of the four organisations work in fields traditionally associated with civil society. The Southwest Research Institute is an independent organisation for applied research and development headquartered in Texas, which provides contract research services for governments …read more

Security guard wins lawsuit after getting fired for being pregnant

Security guard wins lawsuit after getting fired for being pregnant

A woman who was fired because of her pregnancy wins lawsuits against her former employer.

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

An introduction to the main findings of the prestigious Blue Book of Philanthropy by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

An Interview with Ding Li, Non-Profit Incubator

An Interview with Ding Li, Non-Profit Incubator

Ms. Ding Li talks about the work of Non-Profit Incubator, the leading incubator for NGOs in China, and about the state of the nonprofit sector in the country, drawing upon her many years of experience in this field.

Translated: how has the Charity Law affected the supervision of social organizations?

Editor’s Note This is an abridged translation of parts of an article published by 公益资本论, a Chinese-language WeChat account that produces analysis on social organizations and the charity sector. The article questions the commonly held notion that government supervision of China’s social organizations has become stricter since the Charity Law came into effect in 2016.   “The current strictness of the supervision of social organizations has not been seen for nearly two decades”. This is a thesis that has been much discussed in the field of social organizations since July. Currently, the supervision of social organizations mainly involves three levels. One is the organizations’ initial registration, the second is the regulation of …read more

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

The Civil Affairs Department of Shandong Province has released a policy document aiming to improve the administrative environment for social organizations (as charities are known in China) in the province. The document addresses some of the difficulties that local social organizations face when trying to register with the civil affairs departments. According to the official report, the “Ten Opinions on Improving the Registration Management Services for Social Organizations” (关于优化社会组织登记管理服务的十条建议), released on the 5th of June, aims to “introduce a series of practical and effective means of relaxation, management and service (放管服) in ten fields, including promoting party construction, carrying out direct registration, relaxing the registration requirements for chambers of commerce, …read more

17th “Case Forum” discusses Chinese and international environmental lawsuits

The Supreme People’s Court Judicial Case Research Institute, the Environmental Resources Trial Chamber and the international NGO ClientEarth jointly held the the 17th “Case Forum” at the National Judges College on the 20th of May. The purpose of the forum was to discuss exemplary legal cases from China and abroad concerning environmental resources. The Supreme People’s Court Party Group Deputy Secretary and Director of the Court Jiang Bixin gave an address at the forum, and Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, delivered a message via video. Jiang commented in his address on the importance of international cooperation and learning from …read more

List of fields of activity and supervisory units for overseas NGOs updated for 2019

An updated version of the “List of Fields of Activity, Categories of Projects and Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) for Overseas NGOs Carrying out Activities in Mainland China” has been published by China’s Ministry of Public Security. The original version was published in December 2016, and translated by CDB. The updated version for 2019 includes 8 major fields of activity, 65 sub-fields and 237 primary projects. Compared to the original version the number of sub-fields has increased by 13, while the number of primary projects has increased by 45. The new sub-fields of activity include (among others) civil aviation, natural resources and market supervision in the economics field, quality control in …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs releases annual plan to support social organizations

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has released its annual policy document on government support for social organizations providing social services, entitled the “2019 Plan for Implementing the Central Financial Support for Social Organizations Participating in Social Service Projects” (2019年中央财政支持社会组织参与社会服务项目实施方案). According to the relevant announcement, published by the Ministry on the 16th of April, the main focus of the Plan will be on supporting national social organizations and particularly impactful local ones to carry out social service activities in impoverished areas, and especially in the so-called “three areas and three prefectures” (三区三州): six areas of Western China that have been designated as “deeply impoverished”, including Tibet, Tibetan areas in other provinces, …read more

Professor calls for lowering the required standards for wastewater discharges

The Standing Committee of the NPC held a conference on the implementation of Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law on the 25th of March, in which experts and specialists offered assessment and suggestions. During the conference Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering Peng Yongzhen, from the Beijing University of Technology, gave a talk from the height of his academic authority. The professor said that China has made significant progress on tackling water pollution in the past few years; however, there is still a problem with the wastewater discharge standards. Regional governments have raised unreasonable requirements in recent years for wastewater discharge in urban areas, in order to meet the water quality …read more

Open Source Hardware Association cancels summit in Shenzhen citing Overseas NGO Law

The report below was originally published by ChinaFile. See the original here.   Yesterday, the U.S.-based Open Source Hardware Association announced on its website that it had canceled plans to hold its annual summit in Shenzhen, in large part due to difficulties complying with China’s Overseas NGO Law. The non-profit organization, which has about 500 dues-paying members, had planned the summit for Shenzhen because the city has “a vibrant local community of open source hardware enthusiasts,” and because “many members of the OSHW community were also very excited for the opportunity to travel to a location that is so central to manufacturing innovation.” According to its website, OSHWA found itself unable to identify …read more

Yunnan releases implementation measures for the mandatory reporting of domestic violence

It has been reported that the government of Yunnan Province recently released the Implementation Measures for the Mandatory Reporting System of Domestic Violence. Yunnan is the first province in China to introduce specific implementation measures regarding the mandatory reporting of domestic violence. The promulgation of the “Measures” will provide a basis for the responsible departments to discover and report domestic violence and play an important role in preventing it, as well as protecting the interests of those who have no or restricted legal capacity. The “Measures” defines the main body of responsibilities for the mandatory reporting of domestic violence, so that the way in which the reporting should be carried out and …read more

Final decision taken on the “Changzhou poisonous land” environmental litigation case

The Jiangsu High People’s Court made a final decision on the “Changzhou poisonous land case” on December 27th, waiving the “sky-high” legal expenses imposed on the two NGOs by the first ruling, and ordering the three companies to publicly apologise for polluting the land. The “Changzhou poisonous land case” was brought to court in April 2016 by the Friends of Nature Environmental Institute of Chaoyang District, Beijing (known as “Friends of Nature”) and the China Biodiversity Protection and Green Development Foundation (known as the “Green Development Foundation”) against three chemical manufacturers in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, responsible for contaminating land and causing sickness among local residents. In January 2017, the intermediate …read more