Weekly Civil Society News, February 23 – March 1

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Doubts raised about pension system
By Yang Yao, China Daily, February 23, 2013
Govt think tank survey reveals that people dissatisfied with current pension system.
Many NGOs lacking funds; Wait for government to buy services
众多社会组织资金缺乏 社会组织:期待政府买服务
Dazhong Daily 大众日报, February 23, 2013
As an increasing number of organizations focus on public benefit work, it is unclear from which sources they will be able to obtain funding. (Chinese)
International aid funding strategy shifts; How will Chinese NGOs respond?
国际援助资金战略转移 中国本土公益如何接力
Caixin 财新网, February 25, 2013
With the Global Fund halting funding to China, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ceasing to directly fund projects in China, Chinese NGOs must reevaluate their funding strategies.
CASS Law Blue Book: Charity system has legal gaps
By Zhao Yanhong 赵艳红, People's Daily 人民网, February 25, 2013
The latest Law Blue Book indicates that the legal structure regulating the charity sector requires further delineation and specification.
Environment may be issue at two sessions
By Wu Wencong, China Daily, February 26, 2013
Environmental issues, particularly related to the governance of the Environmental Protection Ministry, are expected to be raised at the upcoming meetings of the National People's Congress and the National People's Political Consultative Conference.
Farmers need patience for improved legislation
By Zhao Yinan, China Daily, February 26, 2013
The amendment to the Land Administration Law, which removes the limit on rural property compensation during land expropriation, was not included for discussion during the ongoing session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, the top legislature.
Youth foundation investigates abandoned school
Xinhua, February 26, 2013
Following internet rumors, the China Youth Development Foundation investigated the status of one of its “Hope Schools” in Guizhou, discovering that the school, which was built with charitable donations, is being demolished to make way for a highway.
Three notes for non-profit organizations applying for tax exemption status
By He Yingsi 何颖思, Guangzhou Daily 广州日报, February 26, 2013
The Guangzhou Tax Bureau has issued three notes in order to assist non-profit organizations applying for tax exemption status. (Chinese)
The completion of the environmental public interest law suit cannot be dragged out any longer
By Zhao Jun 赵俊, Dongfang Daily 东方早报, February 26, 2013
The author, an associate professor at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, argues that without the effective implementation of the public interest lawsuit system, it will be difficult for the system to serve its intended purpose of environmental protection.  
Large charitable gifts require a ceremony to cement their certainty
By Hou Xueju 侯雪竹, Beijing Times 京华时报, February 27, 2013
Discussing businessman Huang Nubo's statement that his donation of RMB 10 billion was a “hope” rather than a “promise,” Beijing Normal China Philanthropy Research Center head Wang Zhenyao suggests that a formal ceremony might be a useful way to distinguish between the two. (Chinese)
A rocky road for China's environmental public interest lawsuits
By Ai Yiqing 艾已晴, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, February 27, 2013
Details problems with the new civil appeal law, including the exclusion of individuals and non-registered organizations from raising suits. (Chinese)
Examining “micro-public welfare”; Miraculous, but with many flaws
拷问微公益 这是个奇迹但漏洞颇多
By Yang Guanshe 杨观摄, Beijing Times 京华时报, February 27, 2013
Public benefit work carried out through new media platforms such as Weibo have astounding power to influence policies, but also suffer from flaws such as lack of transparency, inadequate legal supervision, and lack of professionalism. (Chinese)
Suicide among elderly on the rise
By Zheng Jinran, China Daily, February 28, 2013
Suicide among the elderly has soared in recent years, especially in rural areas, prompting experts to call for improved social welfare and medical systems to aid senior citizens.
Can the “shelter education” of sex workers be transferred to social workers?
By Wang Yejie 王烨捷, China Youth Daily 中国青年报, March 1, 2013
Discusses the possible transfer of responsibility for “rehabilitating” sex workers and drug addicts to social work organizations in light of recent efforts to reform the Re-Education Through Labor system. (Chinese)
Zhou Hanhua: To advance reform, start from the rule of law
Economic Information Daily 经济参考报, March 1, 2013
Author advocates for strengthening the rule of law in order to address the reform challenges facing the country, including the Re-Education Through Labor, the Household Registration System, and the petition system.
To control pollution, we need “three publics”: Public information, public interest lawsuit, and public participation
By Wei Fengling 魏枫凌, 证券网, March 1, 2013
At the recent “Jimen Strategy” Forum held to discuss recent controversies concerning pollution, NGO representatives from Friends of Nature and the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs expressed the importance of including the public in pollution control.

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