Weekly Civil Society News, April 20 – 26

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NGO calls for reform in discriminatory practices toward those with AIDS in civil service hiring
By Lan Fang 蓝方, Caixin 财新网, April 20, 2013
Last week, Chinese NGO CAP+ requested revisions to civil service hiring standards regarding physical exams.
Using two loudspeakers to discuss NGO affairs
晶报, April 21, 2013
Interview with Kou Yanding, whose new book Action Changes Survival encourages public participation in advocacy actions.
Within 24 hours of the Lushan earthquake, 14 NGOs form a 420 United Aid Team
芦山地震后24小时内 14家公益组织组成420联合救援队
By Yu Yingbo 余瀛波, Legal Daily 法制日报, April 21, 2013
Recounts the use of a Weixin group called the “Sichuan Public Interest Circle” to circulate information regarding aid to victims of the latest Sichuan earthquake.
Environmental NGO rates Hunan's 2012 environment information disclosure
By Lv Xiaowei 卢小伟, Sanxiang Metropolis 三湘都市报, April 21, 2013
Chinese NGO Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs has collaborated with the NRDC to create a new transparency rating system that ranks Chinese cities according to a number of factors relating to their information disclosure concerning pollution and other environmental issues.
Guangdong NGO and media unite for disaster relief
Southern Metropolis Daily 南方都市报, April 22, 2013
As the Sichuan earthquake coincided with the founding of the Guangdong public interest alliance, the NGOs and media organizations participating in the alliance quickly developed a “uniting for disaster relief” action.
Why did the One Foundation become such a popular donation recipient?
First Financial Daily 第一财经日报, April 22, 2013
Since the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Sichuan last Saturday, donations have flooded not only to government agencies such as the China Red Cross, but also to privately established public foundations like the One Foundation.
Private public interest “black horse” organizations challenge those with government backing
Beijing Times 京华时报, April 22, 2013
The public has made a statement with their choice of donation recipients for the latest Sichuan earthquake disaster relief efforts; a large percentage of donations have gone to organizations with private backing, rather than GONGOs.
Bitcoins can be donations! One Foundation accepts bitcoin donations
By Li Hongyu, PCOnline, April 22, 2012
Following the Ya'an earthquake last Saturday, the One Foundation has announced that it will accept donations of bitcoins, and online-only currency.
Disaster relief: How the public can coordinate with the government
地震救灾 民间与政府如何配合
By Zhang Xiaoxiang 张枭翔, China Entrepreneur 中国慈善家, April 22, 2013
Interview with Xu Qizhi, Chengdu NGO Service Group committee member and Sichuan Shangming Public Interest Development Research Center deputy director on the best way for the public to working with the government in responding to disasters.
Duan Siping: Waiting for the China Red Cross to “bury itself in its work” in order to redeem itself
By Duan Siping 段思平, Shangdu Net 商都网, April 22, 2013 
The China Red Cross has received an extremely negative reaction to its disaster relief efforts, demonstrating a lack of public support; when the organization began to publish information about the Ya'an earthquake in Sichuan on its microblog, a chorus of “Get lost!” comments appeared on the page.
Almost 50 NGOs establish an NGO Disaster Relief Information Sharing Platform
China Net 中国网, April 23, 2013
Looks at the situation for volunteers and NGOs seeking to aid in disaster relief three days after the Sichuan earthquake.
Non-govt foundations receive $55m donations
China Daily, April 23, 2013
Sixty-six non-government foundations nationwide have received donations worth at least 438 million yuan ($54.7 million) for people in Ya’an city, Sichuan province, after a magnitude-7 earthquake hit the area on Saturday, a Chinese foundation database has shown.
Deng Guosheng: The biggest challenge facing Chinese disaster relief is that the government has not developed a proper channel to communicate and coordinate with the public
鄧國勝:中國救災最大問題 政府未建立合理參與渠道與民間力量缺乏溝通
IBTimes, April 23, 2013
Deng Guosheng points out that Chinese disaster relief systems have advanced dramatically since the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, but the government must still figure out how to most effectively use the energy and support of the public in relief efforts.
Quake offers chance for charities to rebuild image
Xinhua,  April 23, 2013
The earthquake may serve as an opportunity for GONGOs such as the China Red Cross, which lost credibility due to recent scandals, to demonstrate their ability to run a transparent, accountable campaign.
Response to quake 'better than' 2008 in Wenchuan
By Zhao Yinan, China Daily, April 24, 2013
Experts say 4.20 earthquake relief effort better than 2008, but the government still needs to learn to better coordinate with NGOs and volunteers.
NGO Disaster Preparedness Center Secretary-General: We are collaborating, not competing with the government
By Li Lei 李磊, Phoenix Finance 凤凰财经, April 24, 2013
Zhang Guoyuan of the NGO Disaster Preparedness Center suggests that the government develop a more formal and official method of communicating with NGOs, in order to allow these groups to avoid redundancy and better support government efforts.
To accept government functions, social organizations must meet 7 conditions
By Ou Yaqin 欧雅琴, Southern Daily 南方日报, April 24, 2013
The Civil Affairs Bureau of Dongguan city in Guangdong, which has served as a trial zone for a number of social organization registration and management reforms, recently issued a plan to ensure that social organizations are qualified to take on government functions and government procurement of social services.
Sellers have a “doorstep,” buyers have a “fence”
卖方有”门槛” 买方有”栅栏”
By Gu Yiqiong 顾一琼, Wenhui News文汇报, April 24, 2013
Due to the mismanagement of small-scale government service procurement projects, the Jingan District in Shanghai has instituted a number of reforms to ensure accountability.
The strength of companies: A low-profile charity revolution
21st Century 21世纪经济报道, April 24, 2013
Looks at companies' role in fundraising efforts for the earthquakes, and notes that many of these companies were among the donors who chose to work with Jet Li's One Foundation rather than the China Red Cross.
The Red Cross's misfortune is an opportunity for the public interest sector
First Financial Daily 第一财经日报, April 24, 2013
Reflects on the positives that may emerge from the public's demonstration of a lack of support for the China Red Cross.
Lv Shan NGO's silhouette: Newly empowered NGOs‘ first challenge
By Ma Guangzhi 马广志, Cathay Times 华夏时报, April 25, 2013
Looks at the efforts of Chinese NGOs in the 4.20 Sichuan earthquake disaster relief efforts, particularly the One Foundation and the “4.20 United Rescue Team” composed of 14 Chengdu NGOs.
Media summary of the strengths and weaknesses of the relief effort: NGO credibility high, and complications for China Red Cross
媒体总结救灾力量优劣:NGO信任度高 红会审批繁琐
By Li Chao 李超, Beijing Times 新京报, April 25, 2013
Provides a detailed description of the on-the-ground situation regarding the disaster relief efforts, particularly the strength of the “4.20 United Rescue Team.”
Earthquake volunteers: a “measurement” of Chinese civil society
By Gao Minyi 高敏仪, 21商评网, April 25, 2013
From the perspective of civil society development, considers the significance of volunteer and NGO relief efforts.

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