Weekly News – November 16th to November 22nd, 2013

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Su Wei: Chinese NGOs must explore new ways to respond to climate change
By Zhou Rei 周锐 and Yu Lan 俞岚, China News Network 中国新闻网, November 16, 2013.
Su Wei, the deputy head of the Chinese delegation at a UN organised conference in Warsaw, emphasises that Chinese NGOs have a very important role to play in raising public awareness and supporting national and international initiatives to deal with climate change. (Chinese)

Kou Zhuqing: Public welfare and women’s rights, never together
By Kou Zhuqing 寇竹卿, Southern Metropolis Daily 南方都市报, November 18, 2013.
After the recent ‘Occupy the Men’s Room’ movement, the author of this article writes that the Chinese women’s rights movement has never been part of mainstream Chinese public welfare campaigns. (Chinese)

Narada Foundation’s Liu Zhouhong: Value-systems determine the worth of a Foundation
By Zhang Mulan 张木兰, Philanthropy Times 公益时报,November 18, 2013.
An interview with Liu Zhouhong, Secretary General of the Narada Foundation. Liu talks about the importance for foundations of brand-building, accountability, and following a strict values system (Chinese)

Public Welfare talent is in extremely short supply: nearly two tenths of public welfare workers earn less than a 1000 Yuan a month
By Zhang Xiaoxiang 张枭翔, China Philanthropist 中国慈善家, November 18, 2013.
This lengthy article reports on the shortage of talented individuals within the NGO sector, a shortage that is compounded by resource shortages and low wages. (Chinese)

In 2013 four Organisations including the Red Cross Society are now able to enjoy the benefits of pre-tax deductions on their donations
China News Service中国新闻网, November 18, 2013.
Following a recent pronouncement by the Ministry of Finance, four public welfare organisations are now able to enjoy tax incentives. The four organisations are the Red Cross Society of China, the ACTFU, the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and the China International Talent Exchange Foundation. (Chinese)

17 public welfare projects enter contest to win funding
Hangzhou Network 杭州网, November 19, 2013.
Public welfare projects operating in a wide variety of fields have entered a contest organized by the Hangzhou Bureau of Civil Affairs and local media organizations. The contest aims to assist organizations make the difficult transition from “incubation” to “maturity”. (Chinese)

The historical growth of Chinese private foundations
Philanthropy Times 公益时报, 19 November, 2013.
This article details the historical progression of Chinese private foundations since the issuing of new regulations in 2006. (Chinese)

Viewing Hong Kong spirit from the Haiyan typhoon disaster
Southern Metropolis Daily 南方都市报, November 21, 2013.
This article analyses the response of Hong Kong GONGOs and NGOs after Typhoon Haiyan. Despite tensions between HK and the Philippines following a hostage incident several years ago, the response of the SAR was generous and proactive, displaying “a spirit of citizenship, that is rational, tolerant, not extreme, not populist, but loving and responsible”.

From self-expression to public discussion: urban community forums and the construction of civil society
By Hong Yan洪燕, People’s Daily Online人民网, November 21, 2013.
Wuhan University professor, Hong Yan, writes in the People’s Daily about civil society and online forums, focussing on his research into the ‘Ningbo Beilun’ forum. (Chinese)

Must social organizations move out of residential premises?
By Xu Chen许琛, Guangzhou Evening News 羊城晚报, November 22, 2013.
In the wake of new draft legislation, Guangzhou social organizations are considering whether they will no longer be allowed to be located in residential buildings. With many organizations having no fixed office, or being located in a member’s home, will they now be forced to rent commercial office space? (Chinese)

Dividing up the rescue effort: what can mainland NGOs do after the Philippines typhoon?
By Liu Haiying, China Development Brief, November 24, 2013.
In this news article, CDB editor Liu Haiying details the opportunities for Chinese NGOs to help and co-operate after Typhoon Haiyan, focussing on the work of the China Beijing United Charity Foundation. (Chinese)

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