CDB Reports

Features

Original feature articles on the leading people and organizations in China’s NGO sector.

Tom Wang: encouraging Chinese companies to go green

Born and raised in Shanxi Province, one of China’s main coal production areas, Tom Wang is an environmentalist at heart. After almost 20 years in Beijing as a journalist and communication specialist in the development sector, including a decade working…

Pi Pi Shi: helping children build resilience

Pi Pi Shi was the brainchild of Ma Libo and Yang Ruixin. Operating as a social enterprise within a registered company, the organization provides schools with curriculums to support children’s social and emotional development, with the aim of making kids…

Wang Jingjing interview: clean skies and water are the goal

Most of the time, Wang Jingjing’s day is incomplete without snapping some photos of the diverse species around her — from a strange caterpillar to some blooming wildflowers — and uploading them to Blue Map, an app launched by the…

Li Jiete: empowering women through art

Li Jiete is the founder of Banying, an organization based in Beijing dedicated to empowering Chinese women through creative work. CDB recently spoke to Li about her work, women’s rights, and how art therapy can help people who’ve experienced trauma.…

From soldier to NGO practitioner: Chen Yang

May 29 is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since China’s first participation in a UN peacekeeping mission in 1990, nearly 50,000 Chinese officers and soldiers have joined UN operations in more than…

JA China: working to improve financial literacy

In 2004 Liu Jingrong decided to make a career change from the business world to the NGO sector, only to find herself constantly cold calling school principals around Beijing from the newly founded Junior Achievement (JA) China’s Beijing representative office.…

Interview: Ji Hongbo, Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation has been operating in China since 1979 and currently employs 10 full-time staff. Together with local partners it operates a range of programs covering areas such as disaster management and child welfare. CDB recently spoke with the…

Using the market to reduce emissions: Han Jin interview

In early March, at a village in Rwanda’s Southern Province, a borehole in a schoolyard was repaired after lying abandoned for many years. As the well water gushed out, people cheered, sang and danced in celebration with the realization that…

Better Together: Scarlet Hoy interview

Finding the questions at pub quizzes a little too male-centric, Scarlet Hoy decided to do something about it. Her frustration led to the creation of “Boobs & Brains”, a women’s quiz with questions targeted at a female audience. Hoy recently…

Helping women escape domestic abuse: Li Ying interview

From Fang Si-Qi’s First Love Paradise by Lin Yi-Han to Know My Name by Chanel Miller and Black Box by Japanese journalist Shiori Ito, Li Ying always prepared multiple copies of the same books on her shelf. “The extra copies…

Building up NGOs: interview with Zhang Jufang

In recent years, capacity building has become popular in the NGO sector. Various guidelines have been drafted and workshops designed to help organizations “obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time” (UNDP,…

27 Yard: the NGO helping senior citizens sort their trash

“120 points! Does it mean, I’ve correctly thrown 12 times? A good score, isn’t it?” “Wow, let me check. Yes, the third best score so far. Congratulations!” said Niu Ruixue, the founder of 27 Yard, encouraging a senior citizen playing…

Zhengzhou’s guardians: the volunteer emergency service

On a 2014 trip to Fenghuang county, a popular tourist destination in China’s south central Hunan Province, army veteran Zhang Bing and his friends took turns to drive. “It was around 5 in the morning. We had just passed through…

STAR kids: the autistic children benefitting from cycling

Despite a drop in temperature over the weekend, members of the SURF cycling club gathered near Shanghai’s Huangpu River as usual one Sunday in December. But something was a little different this time: a group of 15 teenagers from Xing…

Wei Lan Library: Getting migrant children reading (Part II)

This is part two of CDB’s interview with staff from the Wei Lan Library initiative. You can read part one here. Wei Lan Library doesn’t just provide books, it provides a public space for children to build connections with their…