Keyword: Laws and Regulations

Draft of new regulations on government procurement of services released

The Ministry of Finance publicly released the draft version of the “Government Procurement of Services Management Measures” on the 26th of June in order to gather public feedback. It is a common part of the Chinese legislative process for the government to release a draft version of a law or regulation for public consultation, so it can gather feedback from the public and interested parties. Up to now, the government policies in this field was based on a temporary version of the Measures. A report by the Charity Times summarizes the major policy changes which the draft version seems to portend, and explains what they will mean for charitable organizations. …read more

Growth in donations decreases in 2017, CASS report finds

Last week the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) released the “Blue Book of Charity (2018): a report on the development of Chinese charity”. The report reveals that while the total volume of donations across China has continued to grow, the speed of that growth was significantly reduced between in 2017. In 2016 the total volume of donations nationally was 145.8 billion Yuan, representing a 20% growth on the previous year and the biggest annual increase in 20 years. In 2017, on the other hand, total donations were estimated at 155.8 billion Yuan, a 6.86% growth on the previous year and the smallest annual increase since 2012. According to research …read more

Aiyou Foundation receives sanction for controversial fundraising campaign

It has been announced that the Aiyou Foundation has received an administrative sanction for a controversial fundraising campaign that went viral last December. The campaign, called 同一天生日的你 (you with the same birthday), went viral on WeChat Moments on December 23, 2017. It allowed members of the public to choose a child who shared their birthday, and donate one yuan for the child. The beneficiaries of the project were 366 children from a specific impoverished county in Yunnan province. The project was very successful, raising over 2 million Yuan by the following morning, but it also attracted criticism and accusations of irregularities. Much of the criticism was focused on some very avoidable mistakes …read more

45 million Yuan marked for poverty alleviation in Sichuan

On the 6th of June, it was announced in the conference of the provincial social organisations involved in deep poverty alleviation in impoverished counties that the Sichuan civil administration has arranged funds of 45 million RMB from 2018 to 2020 for a “seed fund” specifically to be used in projects for the alleviation of deep poverty in 45 counties. This year 35 provincial social organisations with the appropriate capacities, in a “one to one or one to many” (一对一或一对多) matching scheme, will take on specific projects within areas of deep poverty, and get involved in work to alleviate poverty in said areas. According to the relevant personnel from the provincial civil …read more

New report on migrant workers' housing conditions in Shanghai urges change from policymakers

New report on migrant workers’ housing conditions in Shanghai urges change from policymakers

A recent report by Li Qi, a research fellow from the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, investigates the housing conditions of migrant workers in Shanghai. The report is of value for policymakers and NGOs working in this area who want to understand what they can do better to protect the rights of migrant workers in the future. According to the statistics, in 2017 China had 170 million migrant workers working away from their hometowns, mostly in low-wage jobs. This group are the most vulnerable of all workers in China, suffering from bad working conditions, unpaid wages and above all, unequal treatment on the policy level regarding …read more

Shanghai PSB releases video on the Overseas NGO Law

Shanghai PSB releases video on the Overseas NGO Law

Shanghai’s Public Security Bureau has just released a two-minute video explaining the Overseas NGO Law, with the aid of a cartoon. While the video doesn’t really add much to what is already known about the law, it can be taken as a sign of the local PSB’s willingness to help overseas NGOs that wish to register an office in the city. You can view the video here (it is in Chinese).  

Tong Lihua: the law on the protection of minors should be a “hard” law, not a “soft” one

The China Foundation of Culture and Art for Children and PhoenixNet Public Welfare recently hosted a forum on child protection in Beijing. The forum was attended by deputies of China’s “Two Sessions” to discuss the topic of chid protection, call for the establishment of a mechanism against sexual abuse of children, and facilitate the improvement of relevant laws and mechanisms. Tong Lihua, the director of the Beijing Teenage Legal Aid and Research Center, attended the forum and delivered a speech with suggestions on how to revise the Law on the Protection of Minors. Tong claimed that the Law should be enforced from the national strategic level through the establishment of relevant …read more

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A chronicle of all the major milestones since 1990 in the battle to make China’s legal system more responsive to the victims of domestic violence.

Two-year report on the implementation of China’s first anti-domestic violence law released

On March 7, women’s rights NGO Beijing Equality released a two-year monitoring report on the implementation of China’s first anti-domestic violence law. The report suggests that the state should strengthen its distribution of information and news on domestic violence for the purpose of raising public awareness, fulfil its responsibilities when dealing with family abuse cases, and protect the victims. Media Exposure The media is the main channel for the dissemination of domestic-violence related information, with women’s organisations rather than the government the main force behind its distribution. According to the report, 5,892 articles on domestic violence were published on various news outlets from March 1st, 2016 to February 28th, 2018, of …read more

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

The translation of an article by the Ministry of Public Security explaining how overseas NGOs should submit their annual reports.

Single woman writes to NPC deputies asking for the right to freeze her eggs

Single woman writes to NPC deputies asking for the right to freeze her eggs

A 29 year old single woman named Zhan Yingying has sent letters to 64 National People’s Congress deputies from Jilin province, urging them to propose a motion to allow Chinese single women to make use of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) to have babies. According to the ART standards published by the former Ministry of Health (now part of the National Health and Family Planning Commission), ART is the medical technology applied to achieve pregnancy through artificially matching and blending eggs and sperms and through operations on embryos. There is a more familiar term, egg freezing, that covers part of ART. Published in 2001, the national ART standards exclude single women from the …read more

Government standards for senior care organizations published

Government standards for senior care organizations published

On December 29, the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (known as guobiao in Chinese) published the Basic specification of service quality for senior care organizations. Compiled by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the document represents the first guobiao standards on the service quality of senior care organizations, signifying that this area will develop in a more standardized manner in the future. By the end of 2016, the number of senior citizen (over 60 years old) had reached 230 million, or 16.7% of the total population of China, according to statistics provided by Ministry of Civil Affairs. Approximately 40 million (18.3%) of the senior citizens are disabled or partly disabled. Over …read more

Government publishes document defining school bullying and stating countermeasures

In recent years, several school bullying incidents in primary and middle schools have provoked widespread public concern in China. In order to form a comprehensive long-term plan to combat bullying in primary and secondary schools, the Ministry of Education has teamed up with another ten state institutions, including various other ministries and the All-China Women’s Federation, to draw up the “Integrated Proposal for Enhancing the Governance of School Bullying in Primary and Middle School”, published on December 27th. The proposal defines school bulling in primary and middle school as abuse or insults between students conducted by means of physical actions, words, the internet or other means, once or several times …read more

Thousands of social organizations received administrative sanctions last year

Thousands of social organizations received administrative sanctions last year

The China Youth Care Foundation was given an administrative sanction last month by the Ministry of Civil Affairs for unjustified fundraising and spending. As a result, the activities of the Foundation were suspended for a month. It has also been announced on the official website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs that the registration of the Haiyang Charity Foundation will be canceled, due to the fact that it has failed to take the prescribed annual examination for two years in a row. The Department of Civil Affairs of Sichuan Province also decided to give administrative sanctions to 109 social organizations which refused or avoided their annual examinations. According to statistics released by …read more

China’s Battle Against Domestic Violence is Far from Over

China’s Battle Against Domestic Violence is Far from Over

Hope coexists with worry, says the latest monitoring report on the implementation of China’s first law against domestic violence.

Jiangsu passes the first local charity regulations in China

Jiangsu province ratified the first provincial regulations to standardize the implementation of the Charity Law during the 33rd meeting of the 12th Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Jiangsu, on December 2, 2017. The official WeChat account of the Ministry of Civil Affairs published an article identifying five main points from within the regulations. The first one is that governmental responsibilities are further clarified, as the regulations implement a coordination mechanism for all the charity work that involves state organs, people’s organizations and charitable organizations. For individuals who seek help, the regulations specify the channels and the process. Help-seekers should reveal their genuine identities when they distribute information, and …read more

Overseas NGOs register in Jiangsu and Hunan

Two overseas NGOs recently registered in Jiangsu and Hunan provinces. In Jiangsu, the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB issued registration credential to the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion. The PSB officials congratulated the Council on their successful registration and assured that the public security organs will provide more effective services based on the law. The chief representative from the Council thanked the overseas NGO management office and stated that the Council will keep promoting trade between the Netherlands and China. In Hunan, the Thailand-China Eastern Alliance Trade Promotion Council was awarded registration credential by the local PSB. The occasion was marked with a ceremony, during which the …read more

CDB holds workshop on the Overseas NGO Law in Beijing

CDB holds workshop on the Overseas NGO Law in Beijing

Since the Overseas NGO Management Law came into effect at the beginning of this year, more and more overseas NGOs have successfully registered. The primary concern has now become how to better conduct activities in China under the new legal framework. In order to respond to this need, China Development Brief held a workshop on the operations of overseas NGOs in China on December 1st in Beijing, where representatives of overseas NGOs from different countries and regions shared their strategies and experiences. Out of the overseas NGOs that took part, 19 have registered their offices in China. In total, the event had over 60 participants. The panelists and participants generally agreed on the …read more