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
State media seeks to reassure overseas NGOs
Haiwainet.com, the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, has published an article claiming that overseas NGOs in China have nothing to worry about as long as they follow the law. This comes in the wake of the detention of two Canadians in China on December 13, at least one of whom was accused of working for an unregistered overseas NGO. The article is entitled “Canadian citizen detained in China, what are overseas NGOs panicking about? (加拿大公民在华被拘 境外非政府组织慌什么?) As the Haiwainet article reminds us, at the regular press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on December 12, ministry spokesman Lu Kang claimed that the detention of former Canadian diplomat and full-time expert consultant of …read more
Beijing’s Public Security Bureau Explains the Overseas NGO Law
A translation of the talk given by an official from the NGO Management Office of Beijing’s PSB at CDB’s recent forum, including an extremely detailed rundown of the legal requirements for overseas NGOs based on the practical problems encountered over the last years.
Professor Jia Xijin: Two Years of the Overseas NGO Law
Tsinghua Professor Jia Xijin’s talk from CDB’s recent forum for Overseas NGOs.
BSK International registers in Fujian province
BSK International, from Germany, has become the latest overseas NGO to register in China, opening its representative office in Xiamen, Fujian province. The chief representatives of the association expressed gratitude to the PSB for its efficient work and support, and said that they will abide by regulations while carrying out activities. They also assured that they will promote exchanges and cooperation between Germany and China, and make a contribution to the development of education. BSK International is a non-profit organization, established in Berlin, which aims at International academic exchange. BSK International constantly strives towards international academic exchange and cooperation, especially between universities and colleges in China and public universities in …read more
Elizabeth Knup: the Ford Foundation’s Future in China
A translation of the talk that Ms. Elizabeth Knup, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, gave at CDB’s forum on the 6th of November.
CDB holds forum for overseas NGOs
We are pleased to report that China Development Brief’s third forum for overseas NGOs was successfully held in Beijing on the 6th and 7th of November. Entitled “China’s Overseas NGO Law Two Years On”, the forum attracted an audience of over 100 people, mostly representatives of overseas NGOs that work or intend to work in China, as well as academics, embassy staff and journalists. The two-day event featured talks, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. The main focus was the administrative and operational challenges that overseas NGOs face while working under the new legal framework. CDB hosted two similar events in 2017, focusing more specifically on the registration procedures for overseas …read more
40 Years of Chinese Charity in Different Phases
A personal attempt to summarise the course of the last 40 years of philanthropy in China, from the Reform and Opening Up until the present day.
Hong Kong’s China Star Light Charity Fund Association registers in Zhejiang
The China Star Light Charity Fund Association from Hong Kong has become the latest overseas NGO to register in Mainland China, opening its representative office in Zhejiang province. The chief representatives of the association expressed gratitude to the PSB for its efficient work and support, and said that they will abide by regulations while carrying out activities. They also assured that they will make a contribution to the development of philanthropy in Zhejiang province and strengthen the links between Hong Kong and the Mainland of China. The China Star Light Charity Fund Association has many projects centred on China, covering a wide range of philanthropic areas. One of the key projects …read more
Hong Kong children’s hospice and another five overseas NGOs receive their registration certificates
Six overseas NGOs picked up their registration certificates in different parts of China over the last few days. One American organization, the America Trade Development Council, and one Madagascan organization, the Asia-Europe-Africa Trade and Investment Alliance Promotion Council, had their representative offices registered in Tianjin. The Chief representatives of these two organizations expressed gratitude to the bureau for their efficient work and support. Another American organization, the USA China Entrepreneurs Association, registered an office in Jilin province. It was founded in 2005, and already has two representative offices registered in Beijing and Inner Mongolia. The local representative said the association will make contributions to the economy, trade, and cultural and educational exchanges …read more
Bring Me Hope and another three overseas NGOs receive their registration certificates
Four overseas NGOs picked up their registration certificates in different parts of China over the last few days. Two American organizations, Bring Me Hope and the Sino-American Friendship Association, had their representative offices registered in Chongqing. Bring Me Hope was founded in California in 2004, and it is dedicated to improving the lives and futures of Chinese orphans and at-risk youth. It carries out year-round programs to meet the needs of orphans in China, and every July it hosts summer camps in the five cities of Yantai, Chongqing, Nanchang, Taiyuan and Zhengzhou in China. The South Korean organization known as the Somang Medical Aid Agency registered an office in Wuhan, …read more
China Has Changed. How Should Overseas NGOs Adapt?
These are trying times for international civil society organizations in China. Burdened with administrative requirements and squeezed on the funding side, how can they continue to maintain their relevance and effectiveness?
Asia Dialogue publishes policy briefs on the effects of the Overseas NGO Law on European NGOs
Asia Dialogue, the online magazine of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, has published a series of “video policy briefs” looking at how the implementation of China’s Overseas NGO Law has affected NGOs from various European countries. The first policy brief, by Dr. Horst Fabian, an independent researcher, looks at the experience of German NGOs in China. It generally takes a negative view of the situation, claiming that successful registration for German NGOs under the new law does not necessarily mean that “meaningful cooperation” can continue. Dr. Fabian found that Chinese partner organizations are often reluctant to work with German NGOs, and have sometimes seized the chance to take over …read more