International volunteer service exchange conference held in Beijing
On October 12, the International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference’s opening ceremony was held in Beijing. The two-day conference was co-hosted by UN Volunteers and the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (北京市志愿服务联合会). The conference convened UN agencies, bilateral volunteer-involving organizations and government and civil society representatives from more than 20 middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Europe/CIS, the Middle East and Latin America. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alain Noudéhou spoke on behalf of the United Nations System in China at the opening ceremony. He also met the UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and other representatives from several of the Conference’s supporting organizations. During the Conference, proposals were put forward …read more
The government will establish a unified numbering system for volunteers
On September 14th, Ministry of Civil Affairs released a detailed interpretation of the Basic Specification of Volunteer Service Information System(志愿服务信息系统基本规范). It marks the first national standard for the information system of volunteerism. According to the interpretation, every volunteer in the country will have a unified number(统一编号）in the future. The Specification had been in the process of drafting for a year before its final release. It was drafted by volunteering organizations, universities, and other institutions. It provides standards for volunteering time, training, certification and it also has important reference for further improvement of the Volunteer Service Information System. The unified numbers (18 digits) for volunteers are set for the following reasons: (1) …read more
Guidelines released on forged volunteer service certificate
According to the official website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs(民政部), the Ministry along with Civilization Office of the Central Committee (中央文明办),the Central Committee of the Communist Young League (共青团中央), and Ministry of Education (教育部) recently released Guidelines on Standardizing the Certification of Volunteer Service Records (关于规范志愿服务记录证明工作的指导意见). According to the guidelines, individuals or work units (单位) that provide false voluntary service certificates should be recorded by relevant authorities and be announced to the public. The new regulation also points out that providers of volunteer service certificates (志愿服务记录证明) should meet all the following requirements: (1) They should be legally established organizations or work units; (2) The volunteer who needs the certificate …read more
China Youth Daily: what can NGOs do for China’s left-behind children?
The issue of China’s left-behind children issue has become the most discussed topic among Chinese NGOs. Most organizations agree that while material support for these children is important, mental and psychological needs are even more pressing.What kind of methods or models could Chinese NGOs follow to give psychological and mental support to left-behind children? The China Youth Daily writes that some Chinese NGOs (they use the term “social organizations” 社会组织) currently provide the following four types of services: 1. Community & non-professional service This type of service includes eenriching the daily lives of left-behind children by organizing after-school activities and installing facilities at schools. Research has shown that this type of service helps children become …read more
NGOCN: what can Chinese NGOs do for left-behind children?
What did NGOs in China do wrong? Several factors that could stop the Bijie children suicide incident from happening.
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Zhai Yan, Founder of Huizeren
An interview with Zhai Yan, founder of Huizeren, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
What new Chinese NGO employees should know
This article summarizes some of the main obstacles people can encounter when entering the public welfare sector in China for the first time. As the author explains, because Chinese civil society organizations are not as developed as in other countries, many of them have flawed working practices. Thus, sometime it is difficult for new NGO workers to carry out their work smoothly. The author points out five major issues. Firstly, a lack of fixed responsibilities. Often, once you enter an NGO you will find that nobody has a fixed duty, and everyone is doing a bit of everything. This might be detrimental for one’s personal development, as well as slow down the …read more
The New Lei Fengs: From Sacrifice to Win-Win?
CDB’s Tom Bannister introduces some of the themes that emerged from his research into Chinese NGO volunteerism, including the re-definition of volunteering and the impact of changed social values on volunteerism.
The China AIDS Walk 2013: Walking to Raise Awareness
Shawn Shieh gives a personal account of taking part in the recently held China AIDS Walk, and discusses the strategies employed by the organizers that enabled them to successfully hold the event.
A New Volunteer Organization (V-BUS) Emerges in Guangzhou
As more grassroots NGOs have emerged in China over the last few years, this article by Wang Hui performs a valuable service in profiling a new volunteer-training NGO in the southern city of Guangzhou.
Between Heaven and Hell: Grassroots NGOs in Central China
As part of CDB’s series on NGOs in Anhui, this article chronicles the struggles and slow progress of public service NGOs working in China’s central region of Henan, Shanxi, Anhui, Hebei and Hubei.
Chinese Volunteers to Test the Water in Africa
This article profiles two Chinese volunteers who are in the first batch of volunteers to be sent overseas by China through the international organization, Volunteer Services Overseas (UK). These volunteers will participate in international poverty-relief and development efforts in Africa