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.

Addressing maternal health challenges in underdeveloped areas

In recent years, significant progress has been made in improving the nutritional status of pregnant women and infants in China. However, challenges persist in underdeveloped or remote parts of the country where medical resources are scarce and health awareness is…

Empowering the hearing-impaired in Guangdong Province

In the Chinese context, social work refers to work conducted by NGOs to address social issues and promote community well-being. In Dongguan, Guangdong Province, social workers are driving a transformative change by providing sign language translation services for the hearing-impaired.…

Optimizing fertility policy: beyond incentives to communities

China’s 20th Party Congress called to optimize population policy and establish fertility support systems. New measures provide economic incentives, leave, childcare and women’s rights protections to encourage childbearing. However, a narrow focus on families and specialized institutions ignores community roles…

Beijing establishes Party-building system within NGOs

As the political center of China, Beijing has established a comprehensive Party-building mechanism within NGOs, known as social organizations in China, which aims to strengthen the oversight of these organizations.    It is difficult to balance the autonomy and supervision of…

‘Empty donations’ on the rise despite legal consequences

In 2019, Wu You, a Gen-Y alumnus of China University of Mining and Technology, pledged to donate 11 million yuan ($1.6 million) to support the educational development of his alma mater on its 110th anniversary.    This was supposed to be…

China’s demand for nickel puts pressure on environment

Tropical forests are vulnerable to the environmental impact of mining activities. Current and projected growth in the demand for critical minerals poses a threat to the continued conservation of tropical rainforests. Mining-related deforestation destroys the carbon storage capacity of tropical…

China’s transition to clean energy faces significant hurdles

The World Energy Transitions Outlook 2023 released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on March 28 restates the urgency of reducing carbon emissions by 2050 to fight climate change.    “Current pledges and plans fall well short of IRENA’s 1.5°C…

How to engage the public in river protection?

In 2007, Liu Sheng co-founded Green Hunan, the first environmental NGO in Hunan Province that focuses on the protection of the Xiang River. The organization trains and supports local volunteers to fight river pollution in the region and has built…

Report outlines monthly donation trends

There is infinite value behind truthful and reliable data. Insight into data can help charitable organizations better understand different sectors, understand their missions and values, and improve their capabilities.    LINGXI, an organization focusing on digital solutions for NGOs, recently released…

China’s housekeepers can help promote sustainability

China is thought to have around 37 million female housekeepers working in its big cities, and they are largely an invisible group.   They move from the countryside to the city with different missions, from escaping domestic violence and making a…

Professionalism as the foundation of charity

Kindergartens were once hard to come by in the remote Miao villages of Guzhang County, Hunan Province. Due to its isolated location, rough road conditions, and lack of kindergarten teachers, the county’s kindergarten enrolment rate was under 50 percent.   In…

Guidebook aims to help employers tackle sexual harassment

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and five other departments issued earlier this month the Elimination of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace System Guide Book, to guide employers to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace , protect the…

The organization fighting for sufferers of rare diseases

In China, charities fighting rare diseases are still in the early stages of development. Most organizations are established by patients and their families and have a limited focus. The organizations often face numerous challenges in terms of obtaining treatment and…

Lu Hong: a story that moved millions of Chinese hearts

Touching China is an annual Chinese TV series that profiles individuals who have made outstanding contributions to China’s development or have inspiring personal stories.   The subject of this article, Lu Hong, is a disabled entrepreneur from Jiangsu Province who was…