Weekly Civil Society News, February 16 – February 22

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Chinese government's NGO funding peaks in 2012
Xinhua, February 13, 2013
In 2012, the Chinese central government for the first time allocated 200 million yuan ($32.08 million) to finance non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Manly matters
By Raymond Zhou, China Daily, February 16, 2013
Raymond Zhou's column, X-Ray, looks at the brouhaha over a homosexual nudge in this year's CCTV Spring Festival Gala.
Finding work for the disabled
By Tuo Yannan, China Daily, February 16, 2013
Profile of Canyou, a social enterprise focused on employment for the disabled.
19 Chinese provinces have implemented NGO direct registration on a formal or trial basis
By Cai Juan 蔡娟, Beijing Times 京华时报, February 17, 2013
In light of the 200 million central government fund intended to support NGO development, Beijing Times looks at registration reforms.  (Chinese)
Aging population puts pressure on insurance fund
China Daily, February 18, 2013
New medical coverage trial in Beijing relies on fixed grants rather than refunds.
The structure and direction of university environmental protection groups
China Environment News 中国环境报, February 18, 2013
A summary of the results of the China Environmental Protection Foundation's “Report on the Situation and Development of Chinese University Students' Environmental Protections Groups.”
Man with Hepatitus B invites Wen Jiabao out for a meal with one letter a day
China Antique News 中华古玩新闻网, February 16, 2013
Interview with Lei Chuang on public recognition of Hepatitis B.
Bring the constitution to ground level; for the rule of law to advance, it must depend on the public
把宪法拉回到地面 法治进步必须依靠群众
New Legal Times 新法制报, February 18, 2013
Professor Zhou Xiehong emphasizes the importance of educating the masses on the constitution and rule of law.  
$32,000 offer for 20-minute river swim
By Shi Yingying, China Daily, February 19, 2013
A Zhejiang entrepreneur has offered 200,000 yuan ($32,000) to any local environmental protection official willing to swim in a filthy local river for more than 20 minutes.
Work units invite social workers with the hope that government will pay the bill
事业单位请社工 有望由政府买单
Beijing News 新京报, February 19, 2013
The Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau announced that it will fund 500 posts for professional social workers at Beijing social organizations and work units.
“Micro” strength: Concentrating society's energy to encourage transformation
“微”力量:凝聚大社会 撬动大变革
People's Daily 人民网, February 19, 2013  
Discusses the ability of “micro” tools such as Weibo to promote the advancement of society.
Zhang Shuqin: We need deeper understanding of NGOs
Xinhua, February 19, 2013
Interview with Zhang Shuqin, founder of Sunshine Village, a Beijing NGO which cares for the children of the incarcerated.
Inadequate rehab services for China's disabled
Xinhua, February 19, 2013
Ministry of Health publication Health News reports that rehabilitation services are severely lacking for China's disabled, and the MOH and China Disabled Persons Federation have launched efforts to address this dearth.
Looking ahead at the Lianghui: Focusing on the demand for resolving contradictions, social management will enter a new era
两会前瞻:重视诉求化解矛盾 社会管理迎新局
China News Service 中国新闻网, February 20, 2013
Experts predict that social management reform will be a hot topic in this year's meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Establishing a charity law: releasing the strength of charity
Editor Liang Heng 梁恒, Banyuetan 半月谈网, February 20, 2013
Interview with head of Beijing Normal China Philanthropy Research Center Wang Zhenyao on the need for a charity law.
NGOs examine their own financial management to avoid troubles
Beijing Times 京华时报, February 20, 2013
A recent scandal involving the financial management of the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children has led organizations to focus on their own accuracy and transparency.
Half of tombs ordered demolished in Henan since rebuilt
By An Baijie, China Daily, February 20, 2013
After an uproar concerning Henan government's forced relocation of family tombs to cemeteries, the central government passed a regulation banning civil affairs authorities from demolishing tombs.
Guangzhou to push forward officials' asset disclosure
Xinhua, February 21, 2013
In the second half of March, Guangzhou will enact requirements for government officials to disclose information not only about their salaries, but also travel and the employment status of their families.
NGOs' path to internationalization
China Times, February 21, 2013
Interview with Huang Haoming, Director-General and Secretary-General of the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO).
Information transparency is the path for a breakthrough
By Ma Xinping 马新萍, China Environment News中国环境报, February 21, 2013
Interview with Ma Jun, well-known environmentalist and founder of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
How can GONGOs tranform?
By Wang Yiyin 王逸吟, Guangming Daily 光明日报, February 21, 2013
Guangming Daily looks at GONGO efforts to transform into effectively-run NGOs, holding up the China Foundation For Poverty Alleviation as a successful example. 
Full-page environmental ad draws flak
By Cang Wei, China Daily, February 21, 2013
Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau takes out full-page ad promoting its work after two residents challenge EPB officials to swim in polluted rivers, raising the ire of the public.
Gates Foundation's Guo Kun: Three jumps from media to NGO work
By Yan Bing 闫冰, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, February 22, 2013
Interview with Guo Kun, media advisor for the Gates Foundation in China.

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