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

From volunteer teacher to fundraising expert: Guo Song interview

College students could be the group most enthusiastic about being part of non-profit undertakings. The China Foundation for Rural Development (CFRD) recently released a survey report on the Current Situation of College Students’ Charity Participation, confirming the high recognition of…

Gender mainstreaming still mostly an ideal for China’s NGOs

The number of social organizations (a local umbrella term that includes NGOs) in China is about 901,900, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. However, it’s hard to obtain any official statistics on how many of those are dedicated to…

Wang Jing interview: life in the NGO sector

What are the similarities and differences between everyday life on the roof of the world and in the mountains of Africa? Wang Jing, director of the public relations department at Peaceland Foundation, is probably one of the best people to…

NGOs can help Chinese firms operating abroad: Yu Yin interview

The number of Chinese firms operating abroad has significantly increased over the past two decades, especially since the start of the “Going Global” policy and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Over time, obstacles and resistance have arisen in some…

Working to support projects in Nepal: Zou Zhiqiang interview

In the past three years, many Chinese NGOs have had to cancel or postpone their overseas activities. However, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) was one of the few organizations that continued to send permanent staff to Belt and Road…

Supporting single moms: interview with Feng Xiaojun

For 99 Giving Day, an annual charity event launched and hosted by Tencent Charity Foundation that drew some 2,500 charitable organizations to raise funds for about 10,000 charity projects this year, Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Center tried something new. The…

Breaking the cycle of poverty: Zhang Shenshou interview

Education is considered key to interrupting the intergenerational transmission of poverty (ITP). CDB recently spoke to Zhang Shenshou, head of Yicheng Youth Charity, an NGO dedicated to the development of young students from rural areas. First steps “I came out…

‘Going out’ to make a difference: Lucy Liu interview

While some Chinese social organizations (local term for NGOs) are trying to develop overseas, the stories of many Chinese individuals active in INGOs are equally remarkable. During the past seven years, China House, a social enterprise registered in mainland China,…

China’s NGOs not spending enough to tackle climate change

In August, China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF) joined hands with FAW-Volkswagen to launch the 3rd “Automotive Environmental Protection Innovation Leadership Plan”, funding projects that tackle key technology and engineering bottlenecks in the new energy vehicle industry, in order to support…

Maximizing charity: the power of effective altruism

Spend 1 million dollars to save one life or 180 lives, which would you choose? Yes, every life matters, but are you fully aware of the potential of your donation? In developed countries such as the US and UK, governments…

Experts call for more inclusive overseas infrastructure projects

Odyssey of the Dragon (OD), DI Insider and other NGOs held a workshop on promoting the inclusive development of China’s overseas infrastructure projects on July 29. The workshop focused on the sustainable development of China’s overseas infrastructure projects, with attendees…

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…