10 years since China’s ban on plastic bags, food delivery services now a major source of plastic waste
It has been almost 10 years since December 2007, when a ban on free plastic bags went into effect across China. An article has appeared on Chinese media outlet Ifeng, asking what the ban’s results have been. Observation reveals that there are still small supermarkets and shops that provide free plastic bags for their customers. The real issue however is that the break-neck development of food delivery services and online shopping in recent years has created a major new source of plastic pollution. The huge popularity of food delivery services in Chinese cities represents a particular environmental headache. Most of the take-out lunch boxes are made of non-degradable materials, which increases …read more
Professional Supervisory Unit issues procedures for partnering with Overseas NGOs
The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development issued two documents on August 22, clarifying the procedures for overseas NGOs that want to apply for the Office to serve as their professional supervisory unit (PSU) or as their Chinese partner unit (CPU) for filing temporary activities. The first document, entitled “Work Measures for Processing Foreign NGOs’ Professional Supervisory Unit Applications and Related Matters (Trial)”, outlines the procedures for foreign NGOs that wish to make the Office the PSU for their representative office, while the second document, “Work Measures for Foreign NGOs’ Temporary Activity Filings and Related Matters (Trial)”, explains the procedures for filing a temporary activity in conjunction …read more
Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation
An interview with Elizabeth Knupp, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, about the Ford Foundation’s experience registering in China under the Overseas NGO Law and its future plans in the country.
Ministry of civil affairs announces two new standards to regulate online fundraising platforms
Tencent’s well known “9/9 charity day” is coming up in just over a month, and many of China’s charity organizations are actively preparing for it. The occasion highlights the importance of China’s online fundraising platforms (hereinafter referred to as platforms), but there is a perceived need to improve such platforms’ management. On July 30, the Ministry of Civil Affairs officially announced two recommended industrial standards: the “Basic technical specifications for online fundraising platforms for charitable organizations” and the “Basic management specifications for online fundraising platforms for charitable organizations”. The two standards strengthen overall supervision, and establish a rule that if platforms fail to pass a government assessment twice, their qualifications will be canceled. Meanwhile, the …read more
A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law
This article provides an insightful analysis on the registration of overseas NGOs in China since the new law was passed, accompanied with numerous graphs and statistics.
Oxfam receives its registration credentials in Gansu and Guangdong
Yesterday Oxfam’s office in Gansu province received its registration credentials from the provincial Public Security Bureau (PSB), following the successful registration of Oxfam’s office in Guangdong on the 2nd of June. The professional supervisory unit (PSU) responsible for Oxfam’s office in Gansu is the Department of Education of Gansu Province, and the office’s work mainly focuses on education, poverty alleviation and disaster relief and recovery. When it comes to the Guangdong office, its PSU is the Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province. Through cooperation with organizations at all levels, Oxfam’s office in Guangdong implements programs including community development for disadvantaged groups, policy advocacy, capacity building for charitable organizations and …read more
Heilongjiang and Tibet issue registration credentials to two overseas NGOs
The first overseas NGOs have been awarded their registration credentials in Heilongjiang and Tibet. The two NGOs that registered are the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization (Japan) in Heilongjiang and the Nima Association (Germany) in Tibet. The ceremonies to mark the registration were held on the 13th of June. In Heilongjiang the head of the local PSB congratulated the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization as the first registered overseas NGO in China’s northernmost province, and expressed their wish that it can continue to act as a bridge between Heilongjiang and Yamagata. The chief representative of the NGO expressed its appreciation for the warm services of the PSB, and stated …read more
New Government Document on Managing RMB Bank Accounts for Overseas NGOs
CDB’s translation of a recent notice by the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Public Security on the management of RMB bank accounts for the representative offices of overseas NGOs.
Workshop on the Overseas NGO Law held in Ningbo
A workshop on the Overseas NGO Law was held by the Amity Foundation on May 25 in Ningbo, with the purpose of studying the law and discussing the way forward for exchange and cooperation with international civil society under its framework. Over 70 people attended the workshop, including representatives from both overseas and Chinese NGOs, academic institutions and government departments. The opening speech was delivered by Li Guohua, the Deputy Head of the Provincial Department of the United Front Work and Director of the Bureau of Religious Affairs of Jiangsu Province. During his speech, he spoke highly about the positive role played by overseas NGOs during China’s 40 years of …read more
Over 300 million Yuan in fines handed out for environmental violations
Beginning in April, China’s Central Environmental Inspector (CEI) has unearthed a series of environmental violations that have led to over 300 million yuan in fines, while conducting inspections in Tianjin, Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Fujian, Hunan and Guizhou provinces. The CEI has been conducting inspections on factories and related departments for three years now, but this particular investigation has led to severe fines and consequences due to its three-step investigative process. The first step of the investigation was completed by May 12. It was announced that the CEI had already worked on more than 11 thousand cases of environmental violations, which amounted to over 90 million yuan in fines for more …read more
CPAFFC appointed government supervisory unit for German foundations
Mr. Li Xikui, Secretary General of CPAFFC. A good option may have presented itself for all the foreign NGOs in China that are still looking for a government supervisory unit in order to register, as required by the Overseas NGO Law. A few days ago it was announced that the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) would act as the government supervisory unit for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, three out of the four German political party foundations that registered in Beijing as overseas NGOs this week. CPAFFC was founded in 1954 as a nation-wide entity specializing in foreign …read more
A roundup on the registration of overseas NGOs in China
Since the new Overseas NGO Law was implemented in January, and perhaps since the law’s final version was released last April, the big question for most international NGOs working in China has been “will we be able to register”? The new law stipulates that every overseas NGO needs to first find a “supervisory unit” within the government, and then register with the Public Security Bureau. Many non-profits were not at all certain of how long the process would take, or whether it would end successfully. Shanghai and Beijing were unsurprisingly the first places to start issuing registration credentials to foreign NGOs, starting in January. Then over the following months other provinces started …read more
The Nature Conservancy latest overseas NGO to successfully register
Representatives from The Nature Conservancy and Beijing’s Public Security Bureau. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) received its registration credentials from the Beijing Public Security Bureau on May 24th, becoming the latest international NGO to be able to register in China since the Overseas NGO Law was passed in January. Established in the US in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is now the world’s largest non-profit environmental protection organization. Currently operating in more than 60 nations around the globe, TNC overseas 500,000 square kilometers of protected nature reserves, 8,000 kilometers of rivers and more than 100 marine habitat zones. In addition, TNC engages in various projects around the world, including those involving biodiversity, …read more
Four provinces issue registration credentials to overseas NGOs
Registration credentials being conferred to a foreign NGO in Jiangxi Province. In the past two weeks, Hubei, Jiangxi and Gansu provinces and the city of Tianjin have issued their first batches of registration credentials to overseas NGOs. These regions join Guangzhou, Yunnan and other areas that have already issued registration credentials to groups of international NGOs, following the Overseas NGO Law which was implemented in the beginning of 2017. As in the previous cases, the organizations that gained their credentials include a number of Chambers of Commerce and other trade-focused organizations. The two NGOs that have been issued credentials by Hubei are the International Plant Nutrition Institute and the Cheonju …read more
Beijing Normal University releases report on sexual harassment on campus
Part of the report illustrates an increasing rate in sexual harassment cases. Beijing Normal University has released a report entitled “the Silence of the Iron Lion – Beijing Normal University’s Campus Sexual Harassment Survey”, which looks at 60 cases of sexual harassment over a ten-year span, analyzing their locations and times. The report highlights that cases of sexual harassment have been happening frequently over the past years, with many victims opting to stay silent. In releasing the report, the University hopes to reveal why people don’t say “no” to sexual harassment and encourage people to stand up to it. Meanwhile, the report also aims to analyze the power dynamics between …read more
Practical Guide to the ONGO Law (Registration and Filing)
This handy guide, produced by the Center for Charity Law of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, provides answers to some of the frequent questions that arise when foreign NGOs want to register or apply for temporary activities in China under the new law.