Keyword: Public Welfare

UN World Population Day – China’s Ageing Population

UN World Population Day – China’s Ageing Population

Editor’s Note This is an abbreviated and adapted translation of a report published by the WeChat account of 尖椒部落 on the 11th of July 2018. You can find the original here.   The 11th of July is World Population Day, an annual event that seeks to raise awareness of population issues. This article discusses the issue of population ageing in China, and presents some of the strategies that eleven second-tier cities and four first-tier cities around the country have used to deal with this issue. In 2017 the proportion of elderly people was 17.3% and the birth rate was 12.43. The international definition of an ageing population is when the proportion of people over …read more

Administrative detention of environmental protection worker Lei Ping officially withdrawn

Administrative detention of environmental protection worker Lei Ping officially withdrawn

On the 29th of May 2018, after environmental protection worker Lei Ping sued the Public Security Bureau of Xinyi city, in Guangdong province, for their decision to place her under 10-day administrative detention, it was announced that the police had withdrawn the decision, and the two parties had reached a settlement in court. Earlier this year Lei Ping, a volunteer with the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), was detained by the local police for “spreading rumors and disrupting public order” after she posted a report online about a local quarry polluting that was the environment. The news of her detention attracted public attention on the internet, and people …read more

Report shows Beijing public's environmental awareness growing

Report shows Beijing public’s environmental awareness growing

A think tank known as Tsingyan Research (清研智库) recently published a report on the Beijing Public’s Environmental Awareness from 2013 to 2017. The report claims that public environmental awareness, levels of environmental education and environmental responsibility have all increased.   According to the study, public knowledge of environmental issues and of ways to combat pollution has noticeably increased, and the public’s understanding of the causes of pollution has also become more objective. When asked about the causes of pollution, respondents stated that the increased pollution in autumn and winter is from “the increased use of heating mechanisms”, and stated “the increased pollution production is beyond the capacity of the environment”, “the lack of wind …read more

Hurun Philanthropy List 2018 released

Hurun Philanthropy List 2018 released

Hurun Research, the company best known for its Hurun China Rich List that ranks China’s wealthiest people, has released its annual Hurun Philanthropy List for 2018. The List contains the top 100 individuals to have made public donations to foundations, NGOs, and educational institutions in Mainland China. This year 76 year-old He Xiangjian, founder of the Midea Group, was named the most generous philanthropist in China, with 7.5 billion RMB worth of donations. The second and third places were taken by two real estate moguls, 60 year-old Xu Jiaxin, with 3.42 billion RMB worth of donations, and 68 year-old Lu Zhi Qiang with 1 billion. The report calculates cash and cash-related donations, …read more

New report on migrant workers' housing conditions in Shanghai urges change from policymakers

New report on migrant workers’ housing conditions in Shanghai urges change from policymakers

A recent report by Li Qi, a research fellow from the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, investigates the housing conditions of migrant workers in Shanghai. The report is of value for policymakers and NGOs working in this area who want to understand what they can do better to protect the rights of migrant workers in the future. According to the statistics, in 2017 China had 170 million migrant workers working away from their hometowns, mostly in low-wage jobs. This group are the most vulnerable of all workers in China, suffering from bad working conditions, unpaid wages and above all, unequal treatment on the policy level regarding …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

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

Temple fair uses creative tickets to help find missing children

Temple fair uses creative tickets to help find missing children

A temple fair in Henan province, northern China, has recently put itself in the spotlight by putting the photos and information of lost children on the back of its tickets. Visitors to the fair were encouraged to take photos of the tickets and share them online to help find the missing children. Staff at the temple fair explained that they had selected about 300 lost children, mostly using search platforms for missing children like Baby Come Home (宝贝回家), and have sold thousands tickets with lost child notices attached. Ms. Yang, who works at the temple fair, said that the children’s information had all been verified. The staff regularly contacts the …read more

Social Work and Reverse Migration - an Interview with Professor Julian Chow

Social Work and Reverse Migration – an Interview with Professor Julian Chow

A long and in-depth interview with Berkeley professor Julian Chow on the development of the social service sector in China.

Hebian Village, a University Professor’s Experiment with Poverty Alleviation

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.

Number of university foundations in China reaches 537, with net assets of over 30 billion yuan

The 19th annual meeting of the Work Research Branch of the China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) was held in Beijing on November 16-18. The meeting was focused mainly on Chinese university foundations. There are currently 537 university foundations in China. By the end of 2016, the net assets of university foundations had passed the 30 billion yuan mark, accounting for more than 50% of all non-public foundations. In 2016 the total charitable donations they received amounted to over 700 million yuan, while their total public welfare expenditures were over 500 million yuan. It can be seen from these figures that university foundations have become an important force for the …read more

Salon on China’s Internet fundraising held in Beijing

China’s Internet philanthropy has grown significantly in 2017, and online donations have caught more and more people’s attention. On October 30, the China Lingshan Council for the Promotion of Philanthropy held a salon series regarding the growth of online donations in China. The Council invited a number of professional practitioners and researchers in this field to share their perspectives and discuss future changes and innovations taking place within the framework of China’s philanthropy. Lu Meihua, a representative of the China Association of Fundraising Professionals and the director of the O2O fundraising platform launched by the Shanghai United Foundation (联劝网), reviewed the history of Internet philanthropy in China based upon the report …read more

Annual Report on China’s Charitable Donations in 2016 released in Beijing

Annual Report on China’s Charitable Donations in 2016 released in Beijing

“Giving China: The Annual Report on Philanthropy” was released by the China Charity Alliance on November 2 in Beijing. According to the report, donations from domestic and international sources totalled 139.294 billion RMB, reaching a new historic high. The report notes that the Charity Law was officially implemented in 2016, and its authoritative and instructive legal effects quickly made themselves felt. Many relevant policies were introduced and several key problems in various sectors were addressed. What’s more, the law has directly promoted social donations over the past year. In 2016 China’s economy remained stable, and the good momentum made its effect felt on charitable donations. Total donations reached 139.294 billion RMB, …read more

Annual report on the 2016 National Program of Action for Child Development in China (2011-2020) released

In order to better reflect the progress of “the National Program of Action for Child Development in China (2011-2020)”, the National Statistics Bureau recently summarized and analyzed data for 2016 collected from the relevant departments in five different fields, including health, education, welfare, social environment and legal protection. The results appear to show that the Program’s implementation has proceeded smoothly and a number of indexes have achieved their goals ahead of schedule. In the field of health, children’s life quality has been improving continuously. In 2016, the infant mortality rate was 7.5%, the under-5 mortality rate was 10.2% and the low birth-weight rate was 2.73%. The promotion of breastfeeding has …read more

Online anti-human trafficking platform presented in Beijing

An online platform to fight human trafficking called “Reunion” (团圆) was presented in an exhibition entitled “5 years of advancing bravely”, held in Beijing on October 15th. Meng Qingtian, an official from the Ministry of Public Security who deals with human trafficking, explained to the public how the “Reunion” system works and how to spread information on missing children through the platform; she also called more people to get involved in charitable enterprises like this one. The “Reunion” anti-trafficking system is an online platform that was jointly launched by the Ministry of Public Security and the well-known Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba (阿里巴巴); through the platform, the police can rapidly spread information …read more

Comics explain social work to Chinese audiences

Comics explain social work to Chinese audiences

China’s State Council recently approved the “Announcement on the List of National Professional Qualifications”, published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; a total of 140 professions are included in the list, and for the first time social work is one of them. In response to this piece of news, a teacher from Sichuan International Studies University named Xiaoyan has drawn a series of comics explaining what “social work” is, what it does, what methods are used to carry it out and the reasons why people choose to get involved in it. Below are the comics themselves, with our rough translations beneath them.   1. What is social work? …read more

Controversy erupts between two leading figures in China’s charity sector

Controversy has erupted between two big names in China’s charity sector: Xu Yongguang, director of the Narada Foundation, and Kang Xiaoguang, a Renmin University professor who focuses on the non-profit sector. Xu has long been a proponent of the view that the Chinese charity sector should operate in a more market-driven fashion, and last year he in fact penned an article to that effect for CDB. His newly published book Charity to the Right, Enterprise to Left ( 《公益向右,商业向左》), which makes the same point, has just been on the receiving end of a review by professor Kang in which it is savaged with a striking level of fury. The Renmin …read more

Fund creates a safety net for children with critical illnesses

Deng Fei, the creator of the well-known “free lunch” (免费午餐) initiative, has now started a “Critical Illness Insurance” program providing help to children with serious diseases. The idea originated when Deng Fei visited the first “Free Lunch School” in Qianxi Town, Guizhou Province. At the school he came into contact with a girl who had pulmonary tuberculosis and was not being treated. It turned out that her father also had the same illness, and her family could not afford the medical care for both, so they chose to only treat the father, since he was the breadwinner. This experience inspired Deng to start the “Insurance Charity Fund for Chinese rural …read more