CDB Forum 2020 – Challenges and responses for cross-border philanthropy under COVID-19

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The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all social sectors immensely, and the nonprofit sector has not been spared. In all this, doing nonprofit projects across borders has become harder than ever. How can we respond to the present challenges? After the pandemic, what adjustments can we make to re-affirm the value of our work? These are the questions that currently confront us all.

China Development Brief sincerely invites you to our conference, in the hope that it can help you gain new insight and experiences so as to effectively respond to the difficulties and challenges posed by the pandemic. The details are as follows:

Conference theme: The Covid-19 pandemic: responses and coping strategies for international NGOs in China and Chinese NGOs “going out”.

Objectives of the conference: Through sharing and exchange, participants will develop a clearer understanding of the responses and coping strategies to the challenges and opportunities which the pandemic has brought international NGOs in China and Chinese NGOs working overseas.

Target audience: 1. Professionals in international NGOs in China; 2. Professionals in domestic NGOs that have worked or will work abroad; 3. Other individuals interested in international developments in the nonprofit sector.



Time Details (Content & Speakers)
09:00 – 09:05 Inauguration Speech: CDB
09:05 – 09:25 Presentation on the Theme of the Conference

Elizabeth Knup, Regional Director, Ford Foundation

09:25 – 09:45 Sharing the Results of CDB’s Survey: International NGOs in China During the Pandemic – Challenges and Responses: CDB
09:45 – 10:55 Roundtable Discussion and Interaction No.1

“Dialogue with chief representatives: Challenges, responses and coping strategies during and after the pandemic for overseas NGOs in China”


Moderator: Jia Xijin

Guest: Chief representative from well-known international NGOs in China, including Save the Children Foundation, World Animal Protection, Greenpeace, Oxfam, FAIHPP, Handicap International, and Partnerships for Community Development.

10:55 – 11:10 Tea break
11:10 – 12:15 Roundtable discussion and interaction No.2

“Domestic perspective: The value of international NGOs’ projects in China after the pandemic”


Moderator: Dong Qiang

Guests: 8 CEOs from leading domestic NGOs at the national and regional level, including the China Association for NGO Cooperation, NPI, Amity Foundation, Beijing Facilitators, Anhui Yihe Commonweal Service Center, and Nanchang Ahimsa Service Center.

12:15 – 12:45 Policy Explainer – Management and Services for Overseas NGOs During the Pandemic

Beijing Public Security Bureau NGO Management Office (to be confirmed)

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Roundtable Discussion and Interaction No.3

“Frontline observations: The experience, challenges and responses of Chinese NGOs working abroad”


Facilitator: Tao Chuanjin

Guest: Relevant people from Chinese NGOs with experience of human projects abroad, including the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, the Global Environmental Institute, the Peaceland Foundation, Amity Foundation, and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

14:20 – 14:50 Videoclip – Voices of NGOs Along the Belt and Road

Mystery guest

14:50 – 15:10 Tea Break
15:10 – 16:30 Roundtable Discussion and Interaction No.4

“International Outlook: How can Chinese NGOs working abroad broaden their local impact?”


Moderator: Zhang Qiang

Guest: 4-6 relevant people from experienced international organisations including UNDP, UNICEF, WWF, The Ford Foundation, The Asia Foundation, and China House.

16:30 – 16:55 Concluding Presentation: Kang Xiaoguang
16:55 – 17:00 Closing remarks: CDB


Location: 2nd floor, Kuntai Royal Hotel (北京昆泰嘉华酒店)

Address: No. Yi 12, Chaoyangmen Outer Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing (北京市朝阳门外大街乙12号)

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Contact us for more information:

Isabella Jingwen Zhong

Mobile: 13953560864


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Isabella Jingwen Zhong

Mobile: +86 13953560864

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