Keyword: Policy and Regulations

Pre-tax deduction policy for corporate poverty alleviation donations announced

The Chinese government has announced a new pre-tax deduction policy for enterprises that make donations in the area of poverty alleviation. This appears to be in line with the government’s official promotion of “targeted poverty alleviation” and its stated goal of eliminating poverty entirely by 2020. The announcement N0. 49, published on the 2nd of April by the Ministry of Finance, the State Taxation Administration and the State Council Leading Group Office for Poverty Alleviation and Development, proclaims that donations enterprises make for poverty alleviation can be deducted from their taxable income between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2022, on the condition that the donations are for targeted areas and …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs proclaims support for “time banks”

What is a time bank? A time bank is a banking institution that runs on time credit exchanges. Time banking works on the principle that after retiring, people can spend some time taking care of the elderly voluntarily, and the services provided will be recorded as time credits. Community time banks give the volunteers a time banking card, and if needed they can one day exchange their time credits for an equal amount of free nursing services. The services provided include chatting with the elderly, doing their housework and shopping for them. Due to the lack of family and institutional care available for the elderly, mutual care is becoming an …read more

Minister of Civil Affairs: charitable donations reached 75.42 billion yuan in 2018

During a press briefing of the State Council’s Information Office on February 21, China’s Minister of Civil Affairs Shuxian Huang gave a talk on the development and reform of civil affairs in 2018 alongside three vice-ministers. Minister Huang assured that after going through institutional reform, the Ministry of Civil Affairs will focus more on the bottom-line of livelihood security, basic social governance, basic social services and special administrative functions. It will not only take care of and protect vulnerable groups as well as other social forces, but also strengthen grassroots democracy and social work talent team construction.   It was also pointed out during the briefing that total charitable donations …read more

Draft regulation on overseas aid released

The China International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA), a new state-level department set up during the fourth session of the first annual meeting of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress in March, has published the draft of the “Overseas Aid Management Method” in order to solicit public feedback. The draft is aimed at strengthening strategic planning and coordination on foreign aid and cooperation. The draft of the Overseas Aid Management Method has seven chapters and 43 articles, including general provisions, policy planning, funds management, project implementation, supervision and evaluation, liabilities and supplementary articles. A few of the main points listed in the draft are as follows. The general provision defines the concept of …read more

New draft of China’s civil code touches upon sexual harassment, NGOs propose amendments

The draft of a new section of China’s Civil Code was recently released in order to solicit feedback from the public. The deadline for providing feedback was November 13. What is most noteworthy is that, for the first time, the draft includes the prevention of sexual harassment. The issue of sexual harassment has drawn much attention in China this year due to the spread of the #metoo movement. According to the draft, if someone molests other people against their will through their speech, actions, or by making use of a position of authority, the victim can request that the perpetrator bear civil liability according to the law. Employers also need to …read more

Q&A on the new regulations on capital appreciation for philanthropic organizations

The “Temporary Regulations on Capital Preservation for the Investment Activities of Philanthropic Organizations” was released on the 25th of October, and it will go into effect in January. The WeChat account 中国社会组织动态 (Chinese social organizations’ trends), which is managed by the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ office for the management of social organizations and provides information on related policies, posted an article with five questions and answers regarding the new policy. We have summarized them below.   What is the significance of the regulation?   Out of the three current regulations related to social organizations, only the Regulations on the Management of Foundations clearly states the concept of capital preservation, but it does not included …read more

Rehabilitation and relief system for disabled children to be launched nationwide

Currently there are 1,678,000 disabled children under six years old in China, and every year there are 200,000 new disabled children. It is important to diagnose illnesses and disabilities in children as early as possible in order to have better outcomes. To help parents recognise problems earlier and seek treatment, the following measures have been implemented in China: 2009 – “Management for neonatal screening” to identify illnesses in new borns 2013 – regular testing of 0-6 year olds for vision, hearing, four limbs, cognitive ability and autism 2017 – free testing of psychological and mental behaviour development for 0-6 year olds From the 1st of October 2018 China’s first rehabilitation and …read more

Three Years of Smoke-Free Legislation: A Healthier Beijing

Three Years of Smoke-Free Legislation: A Healthier Beijing

Editor’s Note This article was originally published on the World Health Organization’s WeChat Account. Please find the original here, in both Chinese and English.   Three years ago, Beijing implemented smoke-free laws that made it illegal to smoke indoors and in public places. Although three years may not seem like a long time, Beijing’s smoke-free legislation has already had a far reaching positive impact on the lives of many. Here are some stories from those who have experienced the positive effects of smoke-free laws. Yan Cuicui, mother of two children: “Before Beijing’s smoke free legislation came into effect, I avoided bringing my child to public places where people smoke. Then, …read more

The first national directory of rare diseases published

Last Tuesday, the 22nd of May 2018, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Drug Administration, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology jointly published the “First Directory of Rare Diseases”, including 121 different rare diseases. To strengthen the work of prevention against rare diseases in China and to safeguard the health of the general public, an expert committee for the treatment and protection of sufferers of rare diseases was commissioned in December 2015. In 2017 they started work on a national directory of rare diseases. Now the inaugural directory has been …read more

New document released to improve China’s endowment insurance system

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Finance recently released the “Guiding Opinions on Establishing a Mechanism on the Benefit Determination of Basic Endowment Insurance for Urban and Rural Residents and on the Normal Adjustment of Basic Pensions” (hereinafter referred to as the “Opinions”), which is estimated to be of relevance to 500 million urban and rural residents. As an important part of China’s basic old-age insurance system, the basic endowment insurance system for urban and rural residents was established in February 2014, and was included in the new social endowment insurance system for rural and urban residents. As of the end of December 2017, the number …read more

MCA publishes new online database on laws and regulations for social organizations

MCA publishes new online database on laws and regulations for social organizations

The China Social Organizations website (operated by the Social Organizations Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs) has launched a column on policies and regulations, collecting the regulations on social organizations and creating a database. This facilitates the access to social policies for social organizations. The database classifies the policies and regulations according to the type of registration, sector and structure. Currently 24 laws and regulations have been collected on charitable projects. The earliest among them is the Welfare Donations Law of the People’s Republic of China, dating back to 1999. 51 laws and policies concerning finance and tax regulations have also been included into the database, since the regulations on …read more

China to establish International Development Cooperation Agency

During the fourth session of the first annual meeting of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress on March 13th, it was announced that a new state-level International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA) will be set up to integrate the responsibilities of the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign affairs concerning foreign aid. State councillor Wang Yong, entrusted by the State Council, stated that the IDCA will be targeted at giving full play to the role of foreign aid as a major instrument of Chinese diplomacy. A unified management of foreign aid work will also be promoted, and foreign assistance will be optimized in order to better serve the overall needs of …read more

Western Returned Scholars Association has its operations suspended for three months

Established in June 1989, the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) has been imposed the administrative penalty of having its activities suspended for three months by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. WRSA was founded by Wu Xiuquan, of the Central Advisory Commission of the Communist Party of China, in 1989. It is a civil foundation comprising overseas Chinese scholars and experts who have returned from studying in western countries, targeted at developing and promoting scientific education and cultural communication in China. Before receiving this administrative penalty, the foundation had already been found to be unqualified during its annual inspection for three consecutive years. In the investigation by the Ministry of Civil Affairs …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.

Prime minister's annual work report sets poverty alleviation and environmental goals

Prime minister’s annual work report sets poverty alleviation and environmental goals

As in previous years, premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report to the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 5. During the session, the Chinese premier reported on the government work of the past five years, and put forward suggestions for this year’s work on behalf of the State Council. His report touched widely upon fields of interest for the NGO sector, including poverty alleviation, child welfare protection, the elimination of discrimination and environmental protection.  The report stated that in the past five years people’s lives have continued to improve, and provided some relevant statistics. The number of people in poverty decreased …read more

New regulation adopted on social organizations’ credit information management

On the 24th of January, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that the Regulation on Social Organisation Credit Information Management (《社会组织信用信息管理办法》) was adopted on the 12th of January in a departmental meeting, and will come into force upon promulgation. According to the new regulation, the Ministry of Civil Affairs will supervise the information management work. The administrative office shall protect state secrets, trade secrets and personal privacy while carrying out the work. The credit information of social organisations is made up of their basic information, annual work report information, administrative inspection information and “other information”. To deal with social organisations who don’t fulfil their obligations and display illegal conduct, two lists …read more

99 social organizations de-registered in Guizhou for violating regulations

99 social organizations de-registered in Guizhou for violating regulations

On the 13th of January the Civil Affairs Department in Guizhou Province released an announcement, declaring that 99 social organizations had been deregistered according to the law. Organizations such as the Guizhou Coal Economic Research Association (贵州省煤炭经济研究会), the Guizhou Foundation for Poverty Alleviation in Ethnic Areas (贵州省民族地区扶贫基金会), the Guizhou Society for Economic Reform (贵州省经济体制改革研究会) and the Guizhou Institute of Foreign Languages (贵州外国语学院) were included. The full list is displayed on the official website of the Civil Affairs Department. The 99 social organizations stand accused of not attending their annual inspections for a long period of time, violating the article 28 of the Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Social …read more

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The top ten stories of the year in Chinese civil society as chosen by CDB, from the Overseas NGO Law to Tencent’s 9/9 Philanthropy Day