Why Have Our Appeals for Information Disclosure Been Ignored?
In this important first-hand testimonial, Yu Xiaogang and Chen Yu of the well-known Yunnan-based environmental NGO, Green Watershed, detail how their appeals for information to be disclosed about a chemical factory involved in chromium pollution were systematically brushed aside by local authorities
“Beijing Will Experiment With A Direct Document Filing System for Social Organizations“
In response to a proposal by Beijing City Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) members, Beijing will explore ways to lower the registration threshold for social organizations.
“Registered Capital for Nanjing Social Organizations Will be Lowered to 5000 Yuan”
In the spirit of the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ reforms promoting the direct registration of social organizations, the Nanjing Civil Affairs Department announced it would lower the registration requirements for social organizations
“Guangdong social organizations can directly register with Civil Affairs departments after July 1st”
As Guangdong prepares to implement a new regulation allowing social organizations to register directly with Civil Affairs departments, this article raises questions about its implementation given recent developments in the labor sector.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 6: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?
This month saw more policy changes emanating from the provincial governments in Beijing and Guangdong as the central and local governments adopt various partial measures in the absence of more up-to-date, comprehensive, national laws and regulations.
“Guangzhou Fundraising Regulations” have been in force for two weeks and 4 social organizations have been approved
Since May 1, when the “Guangzhou Fundraising Regulations” were promulgated, four social organizations have applied and received permission to engage in public fundraising for their projects. So far, the process has been quite smooth, though it does take time to prepare the application.
Human Rights Action Plan Prohibits Extorting Confessions
The State Council Information Office issued its second human rights plan — Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015).
Beijing strictly prohibits posing as a “social organization” in order to hold seminars and charge fees
The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau announced its Measures for Managing Seminars, Forums and Activities Organized by Social Organizations.
Guangzhou: 24 Social Organizations at the City Level have Directly Registered
In Guangzhou, 24 social organizations at the city level have been able to directly register, with the shortest time of application being only 20 days. On May 1, Guangzhou released a Work Plan to Implement the Social Innovation Project for “Direct Registration of Guangzhou City Social Organizations”. The policy allowing direct registration is open to social organizations from the following eight categories (but does not include private educational, medical or training institutions): industry associations, chambers of commerce, public service, social service, economic, science and technology, sports and cultural organizations.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 5: The Ministry of Civil Affairs and Guangdong Move Forward
This month saw both the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) and the trailblazing province of Guangdong moving ahead with new initiatives.
Ministry of Civil Affairs: various measures to promote openness and transparency among charitable organizations
At a news conference, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo explained that the recent media stories and public criticism over various scandals and problems in the charitable sector have prompted authorities to take faster action in prompting openness and transparency in the sector.
Government Plans to Give All NGOs Equal Treatment
In discussing current efforts to simplify the registration process for NGOs, the Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Liguo, noted that political and human rights NGOs would receive the same treatment as NGOs working in the social services and charitable sectors.
NGOs not registered with Civil Affairs will have difficulty getting funding from foundations
On April 26, the Ministry of Civil Affairs issued “Some Regulations Concerning the Standardization of Foundation Behavior (Trial Implementation)” for public comment. In response, around 30 foundations came together to present their opinions on the regulations.
Guangzhou NGOs Given Public Fundraising Authority
As part of the ongoing social management innovations in Guangdong, new Guangzhou fundraising regulations will go into effect on May 1 of this year, and will allow social organizations, civil non-enterprise units and nonprofit public institutions to fundraise publicly.
Ministry of Civil Affairs: “Some regulations concerning the standardization of foundation behavior (trial implementation)” issued for public comment
In an effort to ensure that foundations work on behalf of the public interest, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has issued a draft of “Certain Regulations Concerning the Standardization of Foundation Behavior”
POLICY BRIEF NO. 4: Coopting Chinese NGOs?
Several news articles during this period offer a more sobering assessment of developments in the nonprofit sector, or the “charitable” or “public welfare” sector as it is commonly referred to in the Chinese press and official documents. These articles highlight an effort by the Chinese government to maintain close ties to, and control over, social organizations
POLICY BRIEF NO. 3: Developments in February/March of 2012
In February and March of 2012, there was more news of reforms lowering barriers to social organization activity in other regions and sectors.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 2: The Guangdong and Yunnan experiments in 2012
In early 2012, Guangdong province was still in the news as the trailblazer in reforming the registration and management system for nonprofits.