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.

Labor NGOs: Growing Pains

The following is a translation of an in-depth Southern Daily (Nanfang Ribao) article examining the recent suppression of labor NGOs in Guangdong.

POLICY BRIEF NO. 8: Grassroots NGOS Have a Long Way to Go

The news coming out this last month illustrates just how much the playing field is stacked against grassroots NGOs, even as reforms are carried out at the local level that in theory will make life easier for them by lowering barriers to registration and expanding government contracting to NGOs.

“Blood and Sweat” for the Public Interest

CDB Editor, Liu Haiying, highlights a growing recognition in the NGO sector that public service, nonprofit work is not simply about pursuing one’s passion and ideals. As the public service sector matures in China, it has become a way for many to make a living and pursue a career.

A Virtual NGO: SowosSky

CDB Staff Writer, Li Simin, profiles a virtual Shanghai-based NGO that provides a networking and information-sharing platform for social workers, and teachers and students of social work.…

POLICY BRIEF NO. 7: Local Initiatives and Incremental Measures

This month sees more news coming from Guangdong, Nanjing and Beijing all having to do with different local approaches aimed at lowering the barriers to registration for NGOs. Questions are raised about the implementation of a new regulation aimed at allowing social organizations to register directly given recent developments in the labor sector.

Why Have Our Appeals for Information Disclosure Been Ignored?

In this important first-hand testimonial, Yu Xiaogang and Chen Yu of the well-known Yunnan-based environmental NGO, Green Watershed, detail how their appeals for information to be disclosed about a chemical factory involved in chromium pollution were systematically brushed aside by local authorities

The Year of Scandal: Whose Carnival?

CDB’s editor, Liu Haiying, examines in depth the various scandals in the charitable, public interest sector in 2011, how the sector has responded to improve its credibility, and the implications for the sector’s future development.