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
Two Japanese NGOs working on desert greening in Inner Mongolia officially registered
The Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs presented two Japanese NGOs, the Ethics Research Institute and the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International (一般社团法人伦理研究所 and 公益财团法人奥伊斯嘉), with their registration certificates. The director of the Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs and the director of the State Administration of Forestry of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region were both present and took part in the discussions. The director of the Administrative Office congratulated the two NGOs and expressed that the Inner Mongolian Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs would continue to offer their support and maintain good relations with foreign NGOs working in civil society in Inner Mongolia. He expressed his hope that …read more
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).
Couleurs de Chine and another two overseas NGOs register in Southern China
Three overseas NGOs have recently picked up their registration certificates in different areas of Southern China. The most well known of the three is the French organization Couleurs de Chine, which registered its office in Guanxi province. Couleurs de Chine was founded in 1990, based on an idea by Françoise Grenot Wang, a French sinologist who worked with the Miao people of Guanxi for over a decade. Initially it functioned mainly as a cultural exchange organization that organized events in France to introduce Chinese culture to the public, but in 1998 it started to work in China, helping children from the minorities of Guanxi province to attend school. It is currently still dedicated …read more
Tianjin PSB organises event to answer the questions of overseas NGOs
Last week the office of ONGO management of the Tianjin Municipal Public Security Bureau held a “Service Day” event aimed at the representatives of ONGOs. The activity was attended by the chief representatives of the Tianjin offices of eight ONGOs and by officials from eight PSUs, including the Tianjin Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, the Tianjin Municipal Commission of Commerce, the Tianjin Municipal Trade Union, the Tianjin Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the Tianjin Municipal Office of the State Administration of Taxation, and by officials from other related administrations and universities. Officials from the office of ONGO management gave a briefing regarding ONGO registration, projects conducted in Tianjin, and the …read more
Overseas NGOs register in Fujian, Henan and Yunnan
A number of representative offices of overseas NGOs recently registered in Fujian, Henan and Yunnan provinces. In Fujian province, the Administrative Office of Overseas NGO issued the Taiwan World Journalism and Communication Association (台湾世界新闻传播协会) with their registration credentials. The Taiwan World Journalism and Communication Association was established in 2010, aiming to promote education, culture, public communication, art activity and academic research. In Henan province, a registration certificate was issued to the Yunnan branch office of the Chi Heng Foundation. Representatives from the Department of Public Security of Henan Province, the Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in Henan province, the Zhengzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau and the Foundation itself attended the ceremony. …read more
Statistics on ONGO Registrations and Temporary Activities in 2017
The full statistics on overseas NGOs registering and conducting activities in China during 2017
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
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
The World Resources Institute registers representative office in Beijing
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has reported via their official Wechat account that they have registered their representative office in Beijing. The NGO was awarded registration credential by the Beijing Municipal PSB on November 15. The occasion was marked with a ceremony, during which the WRI’s representative office stated that they will keep carrying out activities relevant to the environment and sustainable development in China. The World Resources Institute is an independent non-profit global research organization that was established in Washington D.C. in June 1982. The organization has a scientific basis, and does a lot of research in the fields of the environment and sustainability. It aims to find practical …read more
A Statistical Analysis of ONGOs’ Registrations and Temporary Activities
A detailed look at the statistics on overseas NGOs registering representative offices and filing temporary activities since the Overseas NGO Law came out. Complete with numerous graphs and tables.
Provincial Public Security Bureau Sponsors a Taiwanese NGO in Liaoning
Editor’s Note This report originally appeared on ChinaFile. Please find the original here. According to data from the Ministry of Public Security, the Liaoning Public Security Bureau is now serving as the Professional Supervisory Unit (PSU) for a Taiwanese NGO. This is the first time since the Overseas NGO Law went into effect in January that a public security organ has agreed to serve as an overseas NGO’s PSU. It is also notable since public security entities were not initially included in the Ministry of Public Security’s 2017 list of eligible PSUs. Interestingly, the NGO in question, the Taiwan Trade Center, has representative offices already registered in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces. …read more
PSB holds meetings with overseas NGOs in Beijing and Shanghai
The Beijing PSB organized a meeting for the chief representatives of the representative offices of overseas NGOs on November 3. The PSB officials reported on the management and services they had provided since the implementation of the Overseas NGO Law. They claimed that as more overseas NGOs register and carry out activities in China, the PSB will actively cooperate with other departments to introduce more convenient measures and protect the NGOs’ legal interests. The officials also gave a few figures, explaining that up to now there have been 242 registered overseas NGOs in China and 344 completed filings of temporary activities. The main fields of work include the economy, education, technology, health, …read more
Our Registration Story: The Asia Foundation
Another piece from the Center for Charity Law’s “Our Registration Story” series, this time focusing on the Asia Foundation, one of the first international NGOs to work in China.
Overseas NGOs register in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, Shandong and Yunnan
A number of overseas NGOs have recently completed their registrations in different areas of China. Fourteen overseas NGOs, including the Global Alliance of SMEs (Shanghai) and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, were recently awarded registration credentials by the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB in Shanghai. The official from the Shanghai PSB congratulated these ONGOs on their successful registration and assured that the public security organs will continue to facilitate ONGOs’ activities based on the law. In Beijing, the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB issued registration credentials and chief representative certificates to WildAid, the Lee Shau Kee Foundation, the Chi Wah Foundation Limited and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries. The four …read more