Weekly News – December 28th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014

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19 Environmental organizations recommend that the NDRC demarcate a ‘red line’ in the development of river ecologies
Beijing Times 京华时报, December 30, 2013
A report has been released by 19 environmental NGOs that proposes limits for the state to place on the economic exploitation of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers, and their surrounding tributaries. In the article the authors of the report state that they hope that the voices of NGOs will be taken more seriously, and that “the role of rivers is not just for power”. (Chinese)

Next year Beijing’s charity associations will no longer possess public credentials
Beijing Youth Daily 北京青年报, December 30, 2013
This article highlights Beijing municipal government’s tightening of restrictions on local social organization’s ability to publically fundraise. Starting on the 1st January 2014, associations will only be able to raise funds through a foundation. (Chinese)

Miss Hong Kong takes part in grassroots public welfare activity on Guangzhou street, teaching about “preventing pengci”
港姐广州街头参加民间公益活动 教“防碰瓷”
Xinhua Entertainment 新华娱乐, December 30, 2013
Winner of the ‘Miss Hong Kong’ competition, Anne Heung, has helped publicise the grassroots campaign against ‘Pengci’ – the widespread problem of traffic-accident insurance scamming. The ‘anti-pengci’ campaign has been growing in popularity online, and focuses on spreading knowledge and rights awareness. (Chinese)

Xu Nan: Why reports on China’s environment are globally significant
China Development Brief, December 30, 2013
The Deputy Editor of China Dialogue in Beijing, Xu Nan, contextualises the current state of reporting on China’s environment and makes predictions on its development in the future. (Chinese)

Charitable donations in 2013: New hope appears in old patterns
By Lai Yuchen赖雨晨, Xinhua新华网, December 30, 2013
According to statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the total amount of donations in China increased slightly in 2013 from the previous year. According to other figures, related trends include the increasing dominance of social organizations as the main force in raising donations, and the increasing importance of online donation platforms. (Chinese)

2013 Public welfare and charity policy developments
2013年 公益慈善政策看点
Philanthropy Times 公益时报, January 1, 2014
Summaries of four recent developments in state policy, including calls to stimulate the vitality of social organizations, the continued purchase of social services, and the streamlining of the registration process. (Chinese)

The most important public welfare figures of 2013
Philanthropy Times 公益时报, January 1, 2014
The Philanthropy Times gives a run-down of eight figures who have been important in the NGO sector in 2013. Amongst the figures Li Yapeng is named ‘most controversial social entrepreneur’ and Deng Fei is named ‘winner of most prizes’. (Chinese)

The “top ten big events to happen to social organizations in 2013”
China Non-profit Organizations 中国社会组织, January 2, 2014.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs publishes its own 2013 top ten list, with most items detailed focusing on policy trends and developments. (Chinese)

NGO “unite together” lawsuit
By Zhang Mingmin 张明敏, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, January 2, 2014
In light of new litigation legislation, this article details the ‘bumpy road’ that public interest lawsuits have travelled in recent years. (Chinese)

Why do we question Chen Guangbiao’s high-profile benevolence?
By Li Bin 李宾, China Business 中国经营报, January 2, 2014
After a recent number of high-profile gestures from the philanthropist Chen Guangbiao, the editor of China Business writes that Chen’s motives are complex and multifaceted, and not simply publicity stunts. (Chinese)

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