Weekly Civil Society News, November 10 – November 16

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More efforts urged to protect migrants
By He Dan and Chen Xin, China Daily, November 12, 2012
A government crackdown in recent years has helped reduce cases of employers defaulting on wages, something that has plagued the 250 million farmers-turned workers, Tong Lihua, who provides legal aid to the migrant population, said on the sidelines of the 18th Party Congress.

China plans to issue a social assistance law; will alter disabilities aid
中国拟出台社会救助法 将改变人情保等畸形救助
By Zhao Jie 赵杰, China News Weekly 中国新闻周刊, November 12, 2012
Article discusses the future issuance of a social aid law, particularly the importance of specifying the legally-sanctioned role of social organizations in aid provision and of creating dedicated government procurement funds for aid provision. (Chinese)
Establishing a special project fund; Assisting social organizations
设专项资金 扶持社会组织
Guangzhou Daily 广州日报, November 12, 2012
The recent “Dongguan Municipal Social Organization Development Assistance Special Project Fund Management Provisional Measures” and the “Dongguan Social Organization Incubation Base Management Provisional Measures” will encourage greater government support for the development of social organizations. (Chinese)
Suining (Sichuan) innovates social management services through a new road; government “retreats,” social organizations advance
遂宁创新社会管理服务闯出新路 政府“退后” 社会组织上前
By Zeng Changlin 曾长林, Sichuan News 四川新闻网, November 12, 2012
Suining prefecture in Sichuan moves forward with social organization development, establishing the Suining Social Organization Service Center and providing government procurement funds. (Chinese)
Sina Weibo launches new charity platform
By He Dan, China Daily, November 12, 2012
Sina Weibo, the popular Chinese social website often compared to Twitter, is to allow nearly 1 million of its verified users to initiate charity programs by posting messages on an updated charity platform.
Projects face greater checks
By Zhao Huanxin, China Daily, November 13, 2012
The government will increase transparency and public involvement in decisions regarding major projects with a potential environmental impact, Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian said at a news conference on Monday.
Ensuring that charity funds operate transparently
By Pei Lei 裴蕾, Zhengzhou Evening News 郑州晚报, November 13, 2012
This year, the Zhengzhou Charity Federation invited National People’s Congress representatives, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference committee members, donors, aid recipients, and disciplinary inspection, supervision, and auditing departments to evaluate the 26 charity projects that the organization funded, and ensure that all funds were spent appropriately. (Chinese)
Ming De Public Welfare Research Center established; Will innovate social organizations’ management style
明德公益研究中心成立 将创新社会组织管理方式
By Yin Li 尹力, China News Service 中国新闻网(北京), November 13, 2012
Announces the establishment of a new research center devoted to NGO development in Beijing, which will be run by Wang Ming, Qinghua professor and head of the Qinghua School of Public Policy and Management’s NGO Research Institute. (Chinese)
Viewing “Chinese Social Management Innovation” from NGOs’ perspective
By Fu Yongkang 符永康, China News Service 中新社, November 13, 2012
Wang Ming, head of the Qinghua School of Public Policy and Management’s NGO Research Institute, praises the new opportunities for NGO development in light of the 18th Congress report. (Chinese)
From awakening to undertaking responsibility: The second anniversary of the Tianjin Environmental NGOs Future Green Youth Leadership Association
Jinghua 京华网, November 13, 2012
The Environmental NGOs Future Green Youth Leadership Association held a salon to celebrate its second anniversary, with comments from environmental NGO luminaries including Ma Jun of IPE and Li Bo of Friends of Nature. (Chinese)
NGOs provide public services, the government pays for procurement: Does the cake look better than it tastes?
NGO 提供公共服务政府出资购买: 蛋糕好看不好吃?
China Environmental News 中国环境报第3版, November 14, 2012
Evaluates some flaws with government contracting of NGO services, such as the lack of financial support for environmental protection work. (Chinese)
How can environmental NGOs travel the government procurement route?
环保NGO 政府购买之路如何走?
China Environmental News 中国环境报, November 14, 2012
In a similar vein, this article explores the experiences of environmental NGOs who have received government contracting, often finding the funds insufficient to carry out their projects. (Chinese)
Central government releases a signal: Reform social organizations’ Dual Registration System
Beijing News 新京报, November 14, 2012
Beijing News interviews social policy and public management experts and NGO managers about the 18th Congress Report’s discussion of necessary social reforms for the non-profit sector. (Chinese)
8 Dongguan social organizations receive 4A-level ratings
东莞8家社会组织 获评4A等级
Dongguan Times 东莞时报, November 14, 2012
8 Dongguang social organizations received 4A-level ratings, and 34 received 3A-level ratings, a small improvement from last month. The organizations, listed at the bottom of the article, are largely “social work service centers.” (Chinese)
Red Cross calls for small donations
China Daily, November 14, 2012
The Red Cross Society of China in Beijing will encourage more people to make small donations through text messages, mobile phones and online payments.
NGO requests more transparency from children with AIDS program
Global Times 环球时报, November 15, 2012
Aizhixing Research Institute has requested that the government provide more information concerning expenditures for a USD 320 million program for children with AIDS. (Chinese)
National Civil Affairs Bureau: Wenzhou’s experience is worth promoting
By Huang Wei 黄伟, Wenzhou Business Newspaper 温州商报, November 15, 2012
After inspecting Wenzhou’s social organization development and management work, the Civil Affairs Bureau has praised Wenzhou’s “innovation in social organization work” which, according to its “1 + 7” series of documents, includes no financial requirement for registration, allowing a greater number of organizations to register for a given field, more clear asset rights, government contracting, etc. (Chinese)
Guangzhou rewrites its development plan
By Li Wenfang, China Daily, November 16, 2012
Guangzhou, the nation’s third-largest metropolitan economy, is switching the focal point of its planning from GDP to making a livable city with low carbon emissions and smart development, its mayor said.

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