NGOs can use more policy support

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused damage to the economy and social structure in China, and NGOs are no exception, which is reflected in the reduction of their projects, revenues and team sizes for example.

Zhang Que, a member of Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, put forward suggestions for supporting NGOs to solve their difficulties and make good use of their advantages to benefit the society.

Currently, the government has only granted NGOs suspension from paying social insurance, according to Zhang. Rent reductions and tax concessions are also needed to address the urgent needs of NGOs. In addition, Zhang suggests the government set up special funds to purchase services from NGOs and ensure the normal operation of the organizations.

There should be more incentives for NGO workers and more support for the talent recruitment of NGOs. Zhang thinks universities should be encouraged to set up degree programs related to NGO management to cultivate talents. The establishment of a promotion evaluation system similar to that for civil servants would greatly incentivize NGO workers and improve the public’s opinion about a career at an NGO.