CDB Reports

Analysis

In-depth analyses on the issues facing Chinese civil society. Most of these articles have been written by CDB’s staff or translated from Chinese sources, while others are guest contributions from academics and NGO practitioners inside and outside of China.

ByteDance follows Tencent, Alibaba with annual charity day

September has been the busiest month for Chinese philanthropy in recent years. Tencent’s Charity Day on Sept 9 and Alibaba’s Charity Week on Sept 5, respectively initiated in 2015 and 2017, have become the most important annual fundraising events for…

Rural revitalization: the role of socially responsible investment

Socially responsible investment may become an important force to fill the gap in funding for China’s rural revitalization, “enabling capital to flow more responsibly to the countryside”, according to a newly released report. The report, titled “Unleashing Potential: Socially Responsible…

Dialogue in the Dark: bridging the blind and the sighted

After making an appointment, Wang Lei and his friends followed the instructions and slowly walked into a dark room. As the last ray of light disappeared, everything in front of him was shrouded in darkness, and he heard: “Welcome to…

Research reveals challenges facing Chinese girls (part 2)

As mentioned in the previous article, researchers from Renmin University of China recently published a study analyzing the development trends of Chinese girls. Education for girls -Macro gender differences in education are gradually improving, but micro preferences for boys still…

Research reveals challenges facing Chinese girls (part 1)

In order to analyze the emphases and trends from academic research on the development of Chinese girls in recent years, researchers from the School of Sociology and Population Studies at the Renmin University of China conducted a systematic study on…

Carbon pricing expected to boost carbon market, ESG

The 2nd Sina Finance ESG Global Leaders Summit was held online from June 28 to 30, aiming to promote global ESG development and build a sustainable future. It was jointly organized by Sina Finance and the China International Trust Investment…

Are rich people obliged to give to charity?

The year 2008 was hailed as China’s “First Year of Charity” after public donations for the Wenchuan Earthquake disaster exceeded 100 billion yuan ($14.88 billion) — an unprecedented amount. Along with this historical charitable event, there was also the incident…

The TNFD’s role in the global shift towards ESG

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is the world’s latest effort to tackle the rapid loss of natural ecosystems. It aims to put nature at the center of business conduct and financial decision-making considerations. TNFD, initiated by some of…

Number of volunteers reaches 217 million, report finds

The National Institute of Social Development of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Social Science Academic Press recently released the inaugural issue of the “Volunteer Service Blue Book” — China Volunteer Service Development Report (2021-2022). Here are a…

Digital technologies have potential to transform charities

China’s government is comprehensively promoting digital transformation, accelerating the formation of a data-intensive society, where data empowers social entities to pursue a sustainable future. As crucial members of civil society, are Chinese charities ready to undertake digital transformation? According to…

China’s social workers play vital role in drug fight

China’s National Narcotic Control Committee released the “China Drug Situation Report 2021” on June 23, three days before the 35th International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The report reveals that by the end of 2021, there were about…

How do Chinese media cover deforestation?

Chinese media has increased its coverage of environmental issues dramatically in the past decade. In recent years, coverage of climate change and carbon emissions has also started to make headlines. At the September 2020 United Nations General Assembly, President Xi…

Impact investing in China: challenges and opportunities

The following article is a contribution from Explorer “If impact investing is what we do, blended value is what we produce,” remarked impact investing scholars Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine. Impact investing aims to produce positive and measurable social-environmental impacts…

Tech lends a helping hand to China’s hearing impaired

During this year’s college entrance examination, a hearing-impaired candidate in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, was unable to pass the security checks to enter the exam room because of an in-ear implanted crystal. Fortunately, in less than 10 minutes, the candidate’s “silent…

Digitalization of NGOs: opportunities or challenges?

China’s charitable organizations received nearly 10 billion yuan ($1.48 billion) from over 10 billion donations made through online platforms in 2021. The 2016 Charity Law and two standards to regulate charitable organizations’ online public fundraising issued by the Ministry of…

New manual helps NGOs understand laws and regulations

According to open data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in May, the total number of charitable foundations in China has reached 9,061. Most of them do not have a long history, with less than 10 percent established before…