Keyword: Social Organization

Chengdu releases measures to support social organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Chengdu releases measures to support social organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Last week, the Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs for Chengdu issued an official notice (通知) entitled “eight measures to promote the normal operations of social organizations in order to respond to the epidemic effectively” (有效应对疫情促进社会组织正常运转8条措施). The notice is divided into three areas: support, projects and management. A summary of the eight measures is provided below: a) Providing care and condolences. For those infected and treated after participating in the epidemic control work, a one-time “care and sympathy” payment will be issued. The related funds will be paid into a special fund for the development of social organizations in Chengdu. b) Offering preferential policies. Social organizations participating in the epidemic work will be given priority …read more

MCA releases notice requesting social organizations to take an active role in epidemic control

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has recently issued a “Notice on Further Active Social Organizations in Coordinated Promotion of Epidemic Prevention and Control and Economic and Social Development”. The notice requires that the ministry-managed social organizations must resolutely implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on coordinating and advancing the prevention and control of the novel pneumonia epidemic and economic and social development. The notice emphasizes that the ministries and social organizations must “resolutely grasp the epidemic prevention and control work, keep a clear head, continue to take epidemic prevention and control as the top priority and the most important task at present, and strictly implement the epidemic …read more

Report released on the response of Beijing’s social organizations to the coronavirus

The Beijing Social Organization Development Service Center, in conjunction with the Beijing Social Organization Incubation Center and the Social Organization Innovation Acceleration Project, has conducted an investigation on the city’s social organizations during the coronavirus epidemic, looking at their basic situation, action measures, the impact they have suffered and the support they require. The results and analysis have now been published under the title “Social Organizations in Action Under the Epidemic – An Investigative Report on the Situation of Beijing Social Organizations in Response to the Epidemic”. The investigation’s main findings are as follows: a) the epidemic delayed the return to work of social organizations, during which time most of them …read more

New central committee document emphasizes role of social organizations as service providers

The Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee has reviewed and approved the “Decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Adhering to and Improving the Socialist System with Chinese Characteristics and Advancing the National Governance System and the Modernization of Governance Capabilities” (hereinafter referred to as the “Decision”). An article by the Charity Times, China’s most respected publication on the philanthropy and non-profit sectors, notes that the document contains a few specifications that are of interest to charities and social organizations. Some of the requirements of the “Decision” relevant to the charity sector are as follows: “China will adhere to and improve the urban …read more

Ten social organisations in Yunnan fail to pass their annual inspection

In another sign that the new regulations for the management of social organisations are being strictly applied, the Civil Affairs Bureau of Yunnan province has reported that ten social organisations have been found to be unqualified during their annual inspections for 2018. The Civil Affairs Bureau’s notice claims that out of the 1298 social organisations in Yunnan that were supposed to submit to the annual inspection, 1097 organisations actually did so. 978 organisations were found to be qualified (合格), 89 were found to be “basically qualified” (基本合格), and 10 were found to be unqualified (不合格). The ten unqualified social organisations include foundations purporting to be working in the areas of education, …read more

Crackdown on illegal social organizations reported

Crackdown on illegal social organizations reported

Reports from last week suggest that a crackdown on social organizations that are considered to be illegal or to be conducting activities in violation of the law is currently taking place in China. According to reports in the Chinese media, over 5000 social organizations were recently blacklisted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), with the names of 361 suspected illegal social organizations officially announced by the MCA, 3040 organizations added to a directory of organizations with “abnormal activities”, and another 2285 organizations added to a list of organizations that have “seriously violated the law and broken trust”. Furthermore, 14 illegal social organizations had their websites and social media accounts …read more

Translated: how has the Charity Law affected the supervision of social organizations?

Editor’s Note This is an abridged translation of parts of an article published by 公益资本论, a Chinese-language WeChat account that produces analysis on social organizations and the charity sector. The article questions the commonly held notion that government supervision of China’s social organizations has become stricter since the Charity Law came into effect in 2016.   “The current strictness of the supervision of social organizations has not been seen for nearly two decades”. This is a thesis that has been much discussed in the field of social organizations since July. Currently, the supervision of social organizations mainly involves three levels. One is the organizations’ initial registration, the second is the regulation of …read more

62 social organizations in Yunnan have their registrations cancelled

August 7
Provincial Civil Affairs Department issued an announcement: 20 social organizations in Yunnan were deregistered
In addition, another 42 social organizations delivered the “Administrative Punishment Advance Notice”

How Many NGOs Are There Really in China?

How Many NGOs Are There Really in China?

Observers often speak of hundreds of thousands or even millions of NGOs scattered across the country. But what basis do these estimates have?

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

The Civil Affairs Department of Shandong Province has released a policy document aiming to improve the administrative environment for social organizations (as charities are known in China) in the province. The document addresses some of the difficulties that local social organizations face when trying to register with the civil affairs departments. According to the official report, the “Ten Opinions on Improving the Registration Management Services for Social Organizations” (关于优化社会组织登记管理服务的十条建议), released on the 5th of June, aims to “introduce a series of practical and effective means of relaxation, management and service (放管服) in ten fields, including promoting party construction, carrying out direct registration, relaxing the registration requirements for chambers of commerce, …read more

Representatives of Chinese foundations take exchange trip to Europe

On June 10, a group of high representatives of Chinese foundations began an official ten-day visit of Germany and Belgium. The exchange group, which received the support of Germany’s Mercator Foundation, was made up of nine high representatives from the Shanghai Zijiang Foundation, the Shenzhen One Foundation, the Beijing Yongyou Foundation, the Shanghai United Foundation, the Beijing Longway Foundation, the SEE Foundation, the Shenzhen Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology Foundation, the Shanghai Yicai Foundation, and the China Foundation Forum, as well as professor Liu Peifeng from the law school of Beijing Normal University. During the visit, the group held discussions with local foundations and organizations, including the Robert Bosch Foundation, …read more

How Rural Education Can Be Turned Around - the Case of Dasendian

How Rural Education Can Be Turned Around – the Case of Dasendian

The story of how a small village school in Hebei escaped the fate of being shut down and turned into an example of innovation in rural education, thanks to the efforts of the principal and the support of civil society.

Chinese civil society helps to provide relief in the aftermath of the Yibin earthquake

At 22:55 on June 17, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Changning County near Yibin, a city in Sichuan province, China. By June 18 the earthquake had killed 13 people, with about 200 injured. According to the information from the news office of the People’s Government of Yibin, after the earthquake happened the Finance Department quickly launched a financial emergency plan and opened a “green channel” to allocate funds. At 11:30 on June 18, the first emergency relief fund of 10 million yuan was allocated to the disaster-affected areas for emergency rescue and relief. At the same time, many civil society organizations also actively participated in the disaster relief operations. Once …read more

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin

Environmental organization proclaims the Chinese pangolin “functionally extinct”, provoking debate

The China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), one of China’s most important environmental organizations, has recently kicked up a storm by announcing the “functional extinction” of the Chinese pangolin. At the recent forum of the C-SDG Global Sustainable Development Youth Leadership Program, held in Beijing on June 8, a young woman from the CBCGDF who works in pangolin conservation made the eye-catching claim. In her talk, the young woman said that the Chinese pangolin (one of eight species of pangolin worldwide) was once widespread in southern China, but its population in the wild has declined dramatically since the 1980s. Following field research and visits to traditional distribution areas, the …read more

Report released on the development of talents in the Chinese charity sector

With the development of a more diverse society many charitable organizations, including foundations, social groups, and social service organizations, have emerged in large numbers. The demand for talent in charity is also increasing as charitable programs prosper. However, due to the unreasonable salary structure, the low social status, blocked promotion paths and other problems, the development of charity is now greatly restricted by a shortage of talents. Although professionals within the industry have conducted various surveys and analyses of human resources in the charity sector, these all suffer from many limitations, such as an incomplete coverage of samples and organization types, limited research content, and the overlooking of new trends. In light …read more

People’s Daily publishes editorial on the development of charity platforms

On May 24, the People’s Daily published an editorial by an expert from the China Social Management Institute of Beijing Normal University entitled “Look rationally at the development of our country’s internet charity industry”. It argues that online charity platforms have not only altered the conditions of the practice of charity, but also enriched its development patterns, requiring people to have a deep understanding of their current advantages and challenges. The editorial claims that the advantages of online charity platforms can mainly be attributed to the perfect combination between charity and four important features of the internet: transparency, innovation, sharing culture and connectivity. Transparency allows charity organizations and programs to be …read more

17th “Case Forum” discusses Chinese and international environmental lawsuits

The Supreme People’s Court Judicial Case Research Institute, the Environmental Resources Trial Chamber and the international NGO ClientEarth jointly held the the 17th “Case Forum” at the National Judges College on the 20th of May. The purpose of the forum was to discuss exemplary legal cases from China and abroad concerning environmental resources. The Supreme People’s Court Party Group Deputy Secretary and Director of the Court Jiang Bixin gave an address at the forum, and Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, delivered a message via video. Jiang commented in his address on the importance of international cooperation and learning from …read more

Consumer Public Interest Litigations Struggle to get off the Ground

Consumer Public Interest Litigations Struggle to get off the Ground

China’s Consumers Associations are now allowed to initiate public interest litigations to defend consumer rights. In practice however this has proved to be less than ideal as an instrument to protect consumers. This translated article analyses the situation and argues in favour of allowing a wider range of non-profits to start such litigations.