45 million Yuan marked for poverty alleviation in Sichuan
On the 6th of June, it was announced in the conference of the provincial social organisations involved in deep poverty alleviation in impoverished counties that the Sichuan civil administration has arranged funds of 45 million RMB from 2018 to 2020 for a “seed fund” specifically to be used in projects for the alleviation of deep poverty in 45 counties. This year 35 provincial social organisations with the appropriate capacities, in a “one to one or one to many” (一对一或一对多) matching scheme, will take on specific projects within areas of deep poverty, and get involved in work to alleviate poverty in said areas. According to the relevant personnel from the provincial civil …read more
Bridging Gaps in China: an Interview with Michael Hermann
Michael Hermann, Humana People to People’s China representative, talks to CDB about his organization’s work in rural Yunnan, China’s efforts to eliminate poverty, the Overseas NGO Law and much more in this wide-ranging interview.
Dollar Street – a new way to travel the world
Bill Gates recently shared his passion for the website Dollar Street. In two blog posts, the American magnate and philanthropist describes his fascination with the site, which is based on the concept of imagining that everyone in the world lives on the same street, but all the houses are ordered by income from the poorest to the richest. The creator, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, made the site with the purpose of reducing the alienation between different cultures and creating a place where it is easy and natural to see how similar people’s lives are across the world; she says “it’s striking to see how similar our lives are. It makes the …read more
The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation releases its spending figures for the past year
On March 26, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) held its annual convention of donors in Beijing. During the convention, the foundation’s work report was delivered to the donors. The reports claimed that in 2017, as always, the CFPA was devoted to poverty alleviation work in the fields of health, education, work, disaster relief, social partner cooperation and advocacy, receiving donations of 580 million yuan in total, spending 470 million yuan, and giving out small loans for 8.6 billion yuan. A total of more than 4.19 million impoverished people and victims of disasters have benefited from these programs in China and in other countries including Sudan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, …read more
Hebian Village, a University Professor’s Experiment with Poverty Alleviation
A translated article describing a project led by professor Li Xiaoyun to help a village in the rainforests of China’s far south break out of the cycle of poverty.
Report released on vocational education for girls from poor families in China
A recent research conducted by the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund and the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University looks at the development of vocational education for girls from poor families in China. The report finds that due to the imbalance in economic development, gender inequality and limited educational resources, girls from poor families in China still face lots of difficulties and obstacles when it comes to education and training, and achieving equal employment opportunities. The development of education has gradually become China’s main measure to relieve poverty, and vocational education possesses its own advantages in terms of resources. In order to cut off the transmission of poverty from …read more
The rebuilding of Nepalese school destroyed in quake completed with Chinese assistance
A ceremony was held on September 19 in Katmandu, Nepal, to celebrate the completion of the rebuilding of the Yuba Sahabhagita School. This is the first permanent school constructed with Chinese assistance after Nepal’s dreadful Earthquake in April 2015. The school was rebuilt with donations from Suning, one of the largest privately owned electrical appliance retailers in China, and construction assistance by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA, 中国扶贫基金会). On April 25th, 2015, the Yuba Sahabhagita School collapsed and was completely destroyed by the power of the 8.1 magnitude earthquake and the following aftershocks. In the over two years that followed the school’s 700 students have had to attend class in temporary tin …read more
Yunnan to no longer give unconditional handouts to the poor
The Yunnan provincial poverty alleviation video conference was held in Kunming on August 22. During the conference the attendees studied the talk by provincial party secretary Chen Hao on his special investigation on poverty alleviation, and prepared the next stage of the work to fight poverty in the province. Most importantly, a new policy for improving the usage of poverty alleviation funds was clarified. The point of the policy is to no longer directly give money or material assistance to the poor or provide unconditional welfare payments. From now on, poor families which have the capacity to work will be provided welfare payments according to the amount of labour they have …read more
How are all Chinese to Escape Poverty by 2020?
The Chinese government has set the goal of eradicating poverty from China by 2020. This article summarizes the main points of a debate between some of China’s main experts on poverty alleviation, discussing how to define poverty and how the remaining pockets of deprivation in rural areas should be addressed.
Philanthropic dialogue on poverty alleviation held in Hebian village, Xishuangbanna
A forum entitled “the Hebian Philanthropic Dialogue” took place on June 25th in the small village of Hebian, in Yunnan’s famous Xishuangbanna region, an area bordering Thailand that is well-known for its tropical climate and distinctive local culture. The event was organized by the Xiaoyun Poverty Alleviation Center, with the support of the Southern Public Welfare Foundation (SPWF). During the forum governmental officials, NGOs workers and scholars discussed both the theoretical and practical challenges that charitable organizations face when they engage in poverty alleviation. Source:ifeng.com During the first discussion Xu Yonguang, chairman of SPWF, pointed out that the philanthropic sector constitutes a rather small portion of China’s overall socio-economic panorama. In …read more
The Development Organization of Rural Sichuan (UK) successfully registers
It has been reported that the Development Organization of Rural Sichuan (DORS), a British organization, succeeded in registering in Sichuan in April, 2017. The organization aims to promote the long-term sustainable development of rural Sichuan by operating village-wide integrated development projects. It launches integrated development and service programs based on the need of villagers, particularly focusing on women, children, the elder, destitute families and other disadvantaged groups. Back in 1988, when the organization’s founder Rose Acock visited China, the poverty and hardship faced by farmers in rural China struck her and planted the seed of making a difference in her head. A year after registering in the UK in 1996, …read more
Shared refrigerators emerging in China to cut down on food waste
Following in the footsteps of the concept of “public refrigerators” that originated in Germany, the One Foundation along with Tencent Video launched China’s first “shared refrigerator” at a storefront in Shunyi District, Beijing. The refrigerator, which looks more like an automated ticket vendor than a household appliance, allows people to store leftovers or extra food from their kitchen, which is in turn offered for free to more needy passersby. The refrigerator is manned by staff from a charity store next door, who take down information from donors, such as their names and phone numbers. In addition, the staff inspect each and every food item that is donated to the refrigerator, which at maximum …read more
Opening of “super school” in Zhejiang prompts debate on China’s exam-driven education
Recent reports of Hengshui’s High School No. 1 opening a branch school in Zhejiang Province have sparked a national conversation not only on the quality of China’s examination-oriented education, but also on the pros and cons of the national college entrance exam (gaokao) system. It has also brought into question the necessity of so-called “super high schools”, like the school in question, that value test scores and memorization over innovation and critical thinking. Hengshui High School No. 1 is located in southern Hebei, the province that surrounds Beijing and has a population of some 75 million. The province is not one of China’s wealthiest, and in order to escape the poverty …read more
Why welfare is still better than work for some of China’s poor
In China, sweeping government efforts toward poverty relief go largely unappreciated by the poor. That’s the conclusion of one of the country’s most prestigious field research institutions, the China Household Finance Survey (CHFS), with which I am affiliated. China’s present poverty relief strategy consists mainly of providing poor people with subsidies. The less money such families have, the more government money they receive. Conversely, less state aid goes to households that are doing better. In practice, what this means is that people work more to get less support. If they work to the point where they earn too much money to be labeled “poor,” the government strips them of their …read more