Keyword: Social Organization

Law professors respond to the “Social Organization Regulations” draft

At the beginning of August, the Ministry of Civil Affairs published the “Regulations for the registration management of social organizations (draft to solicit feedback)” (abbreviated as the “Social Organization Regulations”). The new regulations represent the government’s attempt to combine the previous three sets of regulations, aimed respectively at social groups, foundations, and citizen-run non-enterprise units, into one comprehensive law for all social organizations. The draft aims at collecting opinions from public intellectuals and nonprofit practitioners before the law is finalized. In response Liu Peifeng, a law professor at Beijing Normal University (BNU), and Ma Jianying, an associate law professor at BNU, have written a critique to analyze the legal context …read more

The new draft on the registration of social organisations: 15 points of note

Editor’s Note This is an abridged and adapted translation of an article originally appearing in the Charity Times on the 6ht of August 2018. You can see the original here. On the evening of the 3rd August, the Ministry of Civil Affairs published the “Regulations for the registration management of social organisations (draft to solicit feedback)” (from here on referred to as the Social Organisation Regulations), with the aim of collecting feedback and comments from the nonprofit sector. The deadline for review and feedback is the 1st of September. Originally the registration of social organisations was regulated by the implementation of three major regulations, covering the three legal forms of social organisation in …read more

Chinese NGOs seek local partnerships in Nepal

Chinese NGOs seek local partnerships in Nepal

Yubraj, a primary school student in Kathmandu, Nepal, was recently taught how to say “hello” in Chinese. “That is a classroom building that the Chinese have built for us”, said Yubraj. “I’ve never been to China, but I want to go and check out the temples there.” On July 30th Yubraj, along with some of his classmates, represented their school to receive donations from Chinese NGOs during the “China-Nepal Public Welfare Project Donation Ceremony”. Yubraj and his schoolmates now have 260 new school bags and many sporting facilities. The ceremony was part of a series of resource-matching and contract signing events for Chinese and Nepalese NGOs that the China Association for …read more

A report on the Policy Environment for Chinese NGOs

A report on the Policy Environment for Chinese NGOs

A report by NGOCN looks at the friendliness of the policy environment for local NGOs in China. Replete with interesting statistics and policy recommendations.

Chinese social organizations contributed 278.9 billion RMB to the economy in 2016

On August 16th, a conference presenting the results of the “Chinese Social Organization Economic Scale (N-GDP) Calculation” research project was held in Beijing. During the conference Ma Qingyu, a professor from the Chinese National School of Administration and director of the Beijing Wanzhong Institute of Social Innovation, presented a set of data that specifically reflects Chinese social organizations’ contribution to the overall economy. In 2016, the added value of Chinese social organizations was approximately 278.9 billion RMB. This figure constitutes 0.37% of the annual GDP and 0.73% of the added value of the tertiary industry. Meanwhile, the total expenditure of Chinese social organizations in 2016, 637.3 billion RMB, contributed to …read more

Growth in donations decreases in 2017, CASS report finds

Last week the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) released the “Blue Book of Charity (2018): a report on the development of Chinese charity”. The report reveals that while the total volume of donations across China has continued to grow, the speed of that growth was significantly reduced between in 2017. In 2016 the total volume of donations nationally was 145.8 billion Yuan, representing a 20% growth on the previous year and the biggest annual increase in 20 years. In 2017, on the other hand, total donations were estimated at 155.8 billion Yuan, a 6.86% growth on the previous year and the smallest annual increase since 2012. According to research …read more

Guangzhou Social Organizations’ International Cooperation Association holds conference in Guangzhou

The first conference of the Guangzhou Social Organizations’ International Cooperation Association was successfully held in the municipal social organization training base on April 22. Li Rui, director of the Municipal Social Organization Service Exchange Center and deputy secretary of the Guangzhou Social Union Party Committee, Jiao Yang, secretary general of the Guangzhou Council, and another 20 members of the Guangzhou Social Organizations’ International Cooperation Association all attended the meeting. The members of the association’s board of directors and supervisors were elected during the meeting. After their election Wang Fujun, member of the Party Committee of the Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau and director of the Social Organizations Authority, awarded the association its license. Li …read more

NPC members call attention to poverty alleviation and the role of charities

China’s annual session of the National People’s Congress ended last week. During this year’s session of the legislative body, much attention was paid to the topic of poverty alleviation, due to the fact that the Chinese government has made it its goal to eradicate poverty from the country by 2020. Various NPC representatives addressed the issue, many of them making points that are of relevance to the work of nonprofits and charities. We have summarized a few of them below: Gong Puguang (NPC representative and Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs): Also important to focus on urban poverty alleviation Gong Puguang pointed out that besides the process of poverty alleviation work …read more

Western Returned Scholars Association has its operations suspended for three months

Established in June 1989, the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) has been imposed the administrative penalty of having its activities suspended for three months by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. WRSA was founded by Wu Xiuquan, of the Central Advisory Commission of the Communist Party of China, in 1989. It is a civil foundation comprising overseas Chinese scholars and experts who have returned from studying in western countries, targeted at developing and promoting scientific education and cultural communication in China. Before receiving this administrative penalty, the foundation had already been found to be unqualified during its annual inspection for three consecutive years. In the investigation by the Ministry of Civil Affairs …read more

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

The translation of an article by the Ministry of Public Security explaining how overseas NGOs should submit their annual reports.

New regulation adopted on social organizations’ credit information management

On the 24th of January, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that the Regulation on Social Organisation Credit Information Management (《社会组织信用信息管理办法》) was adopted on the 12th of January in a departmental meeting, and will come into force upon promulgation. According to the new regulation, the Ministry of Civil Affairs will supervise the information management work. The administrative office shall protect state secrets, trade secrets and personal privacy while carrying out the work. The credit information of social organisations is made up of their basic information, annual work report information, administrative inspection information and “other information”. To deal with social organisations who don’t fulfil their obligations and display illegal conduct, two lists …read more

Fundraising platform Fun in Funding releases its white paper at ceremony

Fundraising platform Fun in Funding releases its white paper at ceremony

The fundraising platform Fun in Funding (轻松筹) hosted a philanthropic ceremony in Beijing on the 23rd of January, working alongside two media agencies, ELLE and Sina Charity. Charities including the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China and the China Development Research Foundation all attended the ceremony, which also included some stars. At the ceremony, Fun in Funding unveiled its Philanthropy White Paper (《公益白皮书》). As explained in the white paper, Fun in Funding owns more than 190 million registered users, and it has collected nearly 20 billion Yuan for 160 families who have members suffering from critical illnesses. It covers 224 cities in China and 183 …read more

99 social organizations de-registered in Guizhou for violating regulations

99 social organizations de-registered in Guizhou for violating regulations

On the 13th of January the Civil Affairs Department in Guizhou Province released an announcement, declaring that 99 social organizations had been deregistered according to the law. Organizations such as the Guizhou Coal Economic Research Association (贵州省煤炭经济研究会), the Guizhou Foundation for Poverty Alleviation in Ethnic Areas (贵州省民族地区扶贫基金会), the Guizhou Society for Economic Reform (贵州省经济体制改革研究会) and the Guizhou Institute of Foreign Languages (贵州外国语学院) were included. The full list is displayed on the official website of the Civil Affairs Department. The 99 social organizations stand accused of not attending their annual inspections for a long period of time, violating the article 28 of the Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Social …read more

Environmentalists tip-off authorities over toxic waste in Lanzhou

Environmentalists tip-off authorities over toxic waste in Lanzhou

It has transpired that a tip-off to the Lanzhou Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) led a company to hastily dig up some industrial waste which they had dumped in a remote valley in Gansu province, the night after the tip-off was made. The industrial waste they dug up was made up of waste cathode carbon blocks, a vital component of electrolytic aluminium. According to the Directory of National Hazardous Waste 《国家危险废物名录》released by the Ministry of Environment Protection in 2016, the residue of electrolytic aluminium is categorized as “T”, meaning toxic. The tip-off was provided by Guan He, a member of the “fresh air guards” (好空气保卫侠), an environmental organization. After a first tip-off in September, …read more

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The top ten stories of the year in Chinese civil society as chosen by CDB, from the Overseas NGO Law to Tencent’s 9/9 Philanthropy Day

Government guidelines released for NGO involvement in disaster relief

Government guidelines released for NGO involvement in disaster relief

On the 28th of December 2017, the “Action guideline for social forces to participate in front-line disaster relief”(《社会力量参与一线救灾行动指南》)was issued in Beijing, indicating that a consensus had been reached on non-governmental disaster relief action. In recent years, reports the China Philanthropy Times, various social forces have been participating in disaster relief operations with increasing enthusiasm. Confronted with a series of natural disasters, non-governmental organizations have played a significant role, thanks to the advantages of their flexibility and of being able to provide a diverse range of services. At the same time, though, the effectiveness of disaster relief operations has been affected by a lack of standardisation. For the sake of perfecting the …read more

The Struggle Against Autism in China

The Struggle Against Autism in China

Chinese parents found online platform that provides free evaluation and intervention plan to battle against autism.

Wang Zhenyao’s Analysis of the Congress Report

Wang Zhenyao, Dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University and the China Global Philanthropy Institute, is a famous figure within China’s charity sector. In a recent interview with the China Philanthropy Times (公益时报), he shared his thoughts on the report of the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress. During the interview, Wang was asked what effect the inclusion of social organizations as a pathway towards consultative democracy would have, and the consequent change in social organizations’ political status. Wang claimed that the inclusion of social organizations into the system of consultative democracy clearly reflected the enhancement of their political functions. Lots of social affairs have become priorities in the …read more