CDB Reports


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.

New report explores options for improving disabled access

China’s Barrier Free Environment Development Report (2021), jointly published by the China Institute of Data Science for the Disabled at Nanjing Normal University of Special Education and the Social Sciences Literature Press on Dec 30, explores new options for building…

Empowering women: Grameen Bank and its pioneering programs

“In Bangladesh, the women don’t even make up 1 percent of bank borrowers, so we thought we should address the issue through our program,” commented Muhammed Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, after receiving the Nobel Prize. Women and Poverty Poverty…

Briefing: Tencent’s 99 Giving Day (2015-2020)

China’s public welfare and charity sector is still underdeveloped, and people’s understanding of charity is often limited to donating money. Li Guo, former minister of the National People’s Political Bureau, once said that for modern charities, charitable activities are not…

Her power: female caregivers with conflicting identities

Editor’s note: This article was submitted to China Development Brief by China House. Wang Shui has been married to Yi Bingjin, a pneumoconiosis patient, for decades. In 2009 she decided she had to leave the family home and find work…

Eight things you should know about the Yangtze River’s new legal rights

Editor’s Note: This is an abbreviated and adapted translation of an article published by the Beijing News on the 1st of March, 2021, under the title《长江保护法》今起正式施行  8个关键词解读如何保护长江.  On the 1st of March, the Yangtze River Protection Law officially came into…

How and why could the Charity Law be amended?

China's Charity Law, passed in 2016, regulates the activities of all local charitable organizations. A government inspection team recently wrote a report on the law's implementation, suggesting improvements and amendments. This translated article summarises the report's main recommendations.

An analysis of Chinese charitable trusts in 2020: pandemic-driven development

142 new charitable trusts were established in China over the first half of 2020, with total assets of 263 million Yuan between them. A majority of them were created specifically for the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. This piece offers an analysis of the situation concerning charitable trusts in China, replete with facts and figures.