Keyword: Poverty Alleviation

Why welfare is still better than work for some of China's poor

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

How I help pull China's rural poor out of poverty

How I help pull China’s rural poor out of poverty

As an official charged with tackling deprivation, it falls to me to decide who qualifies for relief and who does not. Last April, jaded by my career as a video journalist, I volunteered to join an officially sanctioned nationwide poverty reduction program. I was sent to work in Chaoyang, a small village in eastern China’s Anhui province, where I would head up the program’s local branch until 2018. As a largely agricultural province, Anhui is home to China’s eighth-largest population of people living in poverty. As recently as 2015, this number stood at 3 million people. Fortunately, it has since been cut by about a third thanks to intensive relief …read more

Audiences defrauded by fake live charity show in remote area

Audiences defrauded by fake live charity show in remote area

The Southern Metropolis Daily recently exposed a fraud based on broadcasting fake live charity shows. The shows were shot in Daliangshan, a remote and impoverished area of China, and broadcast through a platform called the Kuaishou Application. It is reported that the show’s six anchors went to Daliangshan and donated some money to the poor people there, in order to gain popularity and receive more “gifts” from their audience. After the show ended, they took the money back. According to people who work in the charity sector in Daliangshan, the anchors had supposedly been “active in charity” in the area since September. After the live show, they took back the money …read more

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

With the support of the Beijing Hongdao Charity Foundation’s “Don’t Let Go of the Hands” (爱不释手) project, a little girl named Shiyuan, who suffered from a congenital deformity of her right hand, underwent a successful operation in Beijing’s Jishuitan Hospital on September 19, 2016. When Shiyuan’s gauze was removed, seeing her rehabilitated right hand her family burst into tears. When Shiyuan was born, she was found to be suffering from hexadactylia on her right hand (in other words, she was born with six fingers). Shiyuan’s family decided to put off the operation to remove the additional finger until she was a little older. When Shiyuan turned four, she became very self-conscious …read more

Handicraft made by low-income women exhibited in Paris

Handicraft made by low-income women exhibited in Paris

The third international forum of women’s sustainable development and exhibition on women’s innovation was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 26th. The event was organized by the China Women’s Development Foundation and the Sino-American Friendship Association, with the support of UNESCO. Its aim is to demonstrate the achievements of Chinese women’s participation in economic and social development, let the world hear the charitable voices of Chinese women and enhance people’s understanding of Chinese development, woman’s advancement and the Chinese charitable sector through different activities including a forum, exhibition and charity auction. An exhibition of traditional Chinese handicraft was also held during the event. During the exhibition, the …read more

Health and poverty alleviation forum held in Beijing

Health and poverty alleviation forum held in Beijing

The Health and Poverty Alleviation Forum was held by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the Poverty Alleviation Office of the State Council (PAO) and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) in Beijing on October 16th, 2016, in order to mark the National Poverty Alleviation Day. The deputy director of the NHFPC Wang Peian, the deputy director of the PAO Zheng Wenkai, the vice-chairman of the CDPF Wang Naikun and the chairman of the China Population Welfare Foundation (CPWF) Zhao Bingtian attended the forum and gave speeches. During the forum, the “China social assistance platform for serious illnesses” ( was launched. It is based on a database of …read more

Should the Chinese government pull out of poverty alleviation?

Editor’s note: this is a summary of an article published by the China Philanthropy Times, which argues that the state should not get involved directly in poverty alleviation efforts, but rather harness the power of civil society. The Chinese government has recently pooled great efforts into purchasing public services, but these efforts have mostly been located in the large and medium-sized cities in developed areas. What’s more this practice has not been fully implemented, mainly because a large amount of the relevant poverty alleviation funds haven’t been leveraged. As the 2015 audit report by China’s Auditing Administration announced, out of the 5.013 billion yuan which composed the special fund for poverty …read more

2016 C20 conference starts off in Qingdao

The Civil Society 20 (C20) Conference of 2016 got off to a promising start in Qingdao this Tuesday. The theme of this year’s C20 is “poverty eradication, green development, and innovation: the role of civil society”. The conference is co-organized by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the UN Association of China. Over 210 representatives from 170 Chinese and overseas civil organizations have been invited to attend. As an important supplement to the G20 summit, the C20 conference is a platform from which civil society can provide recommendations for governments and all sectors of society. During the conference’s inauguration, state councilor Yang Jiechi read a congratulatory letter by Chinese president …read more

Illegal use of 151 million yuan in poverty alleviation funds reported

On June 29, Liu Jiayi, the Auditor-General of the National Auditing Office of the People’s Republic of China reported to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on the 2015 national audit and government budget. Although both central and local government agencies have deepened their awareness of economic reform, some areas are still not legally regulated. The use of poverty alleviation funding is one of them. The National Auditing Office selected a sample of 40 counties in 17 provinces which received 10.998 billion yuan of poverty alleviation funding between 2013 and 2015. The auditors found that funds for 151 million yuan had been illegally used or anonymously withdrawn. In …read more

China Red Cross Foundation launches a special fund to help underprivileged patients

Statistics show that illness ranks as one of the top reasons for poverty in various regions of China. People with serious illnesses often try to raise money through the Internet. But according to the new Charity Law, only organizations that are qualified for public fund-raising can raise funds on designated Internet platforms. In view of the above, the China Red Cross Foundation (中国红十字基金会), a public fund-raising foundation, together with the Beijing Qingsongchou Network Technology (北京轻松筹网络科技公司), launched the Qingsongchou Micro Fund.  The Fund aims to create an online self-service assistance and fund-raising platform for underprivileged patients. The founders summarized the model of the Qingsongchou Micro Fund with three features:  “Digital Application”, which means …read more

China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council

The 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland. The session started on June the 13th and will end on the first of July. The UNHRC is an inter-governmental body whose 47 member states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. This year’s meeting commemorates the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Human Rights Council. On behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and Russia, Chinese representative gave a joint statement during the conference. Wu Peng, the associate director of the international development department of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, delivered a speech on June 14th entitled …read more

Third CCTV Charity Night Held

The third CCTV Charity Night was held in Beijing last Tuesday evening. This year’s themes were philanthropy and poverty alleviation. Ten people were selected by a committee to receive the title of “Charitable Figure of the Year”, based on their contributions to the charity sector. Not looking only for celebrities, the committee also chose individuals who work on the frontline and help the poor within their local communities. The final list of those selected for the award includes Yao Ming (a basketball player), Xu Zhiwei (a businessman), Deng Yingxiang (a villager from Guizhou), Sun Xuemei (a woman journalist), Liu Fang (a psychiatrist for students), Ta Linfu (an activist for the …read more

Tourism Will Help 12 Million Chinese Move Out of Poverty by 2020

Tourism Will Help 12 Million Chinese Move Out of Poverty by 2020

The first World Conference on Tourism for Development opened in Beijing on the 19th of May. Representatives from more than 107 countries and 15 international organizations, as well as executives from tourism research organizations, universities and enterprises attended the conference. The themes of the conference were “Sustainable Development through Tourism”, “Tourism for Peace” and “Tourism for Poverty Reduction”. Li Jinzao, the minister of the China National Tourism Administration, claimed that the number of outbound tourists from China would exceed 600 million, and tourism would help 12 million to 14 million Chinese people move out of poverty in the coming 5 years. 150 million Chinese tourists would travel to the countries …read more

If Everyone Could Take a Small Step Forward

If Everyone Could Take a Small Step Forward

Project officer Ma Lingling tells us two sad stories on disadvantaged children and their teachers. She calls for empathy and genuine efforts from project officers to understand the difficulties faced by the people they serve and empower them.

State Council encourages social organizations to help the poor

A document entitled The Opinion on Further Improvement on the Poor Support System has been released by China’s State Council on the 10th of February. The document points out that it is necessary to ensure the basic livelihoods of the poor and improve the systems of social support. It also encourages social organizations to provide impoverished people with voluntary services, services bought from the government and charitable donations, creating a harmonious environment in which the whole of society cares for the poor and gets involved in helping them. If poor people need to be looked after at home, the government can ask their relatives, friends, social organizations or organizations offering social work services …read more

The Ministry of Civil Affairs issues new policies on rescue work for beggars

On November the 10th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs held a video conference on the rescue work they conduct for the homeless and beggars. During the conference Zou Ming, vice minister of the MCA, detailed the existing problems in basic rescue management institutions and put forward a guideline on six practices to be followed and six to be avoided in future work. The policies are listed as follows:(1)There should be stricter security checks, and hazardous products should never be brought into the platforms of train stations. (2)The work of searching for lost relatives should be conducted timely, and cases shouldn’t be handled carelessly. (3)The fostering industry should be regulated, and fostering services …read more

State Council puts forward the ‘Internet + Poverty Alleviation’ Proposal

To celebrate the second Chinese Poverty Alleviation Day and the 23rd International Day of the Eradication of Poverty, the 2015 Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum, hosted by the State Council Leading Group of Poverty Alleviation and Development, launched the ‘Internet + Poverty Alleviation’ Joint Action Proposal on October 16th in Beijing. The Proposal was initiated by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and the Center for Informatization Study alongside several leading Chinese Internet companies including Alibaba Group, Tencent, JD, Suning Appliance, S.F. Express and NetEase. “As one of the “Top 10 Well-matched Poverty Alleviation Projects” (精准扶贫十大工程), the “Poverty Alleviation through E-commerce” (电商扶贫) project has been included into the government’s poverty-alleviation policy …read more