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  1. Removing stumbling blocks for NGOs welcome

    Posted Oct 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the government requirements of the registration process. One of the biggest stumbling blocks has been the necessity for sponsorship by a government agency, a rule that binds NGOs closely ... may be dropped. Already, new rules for NGOs- and covering international groups for the first time- have been implemented, representing a step forward in granting these groups official status ...

  2. Authorities to scrap sponsor rule for NGOs

    Posted Oct 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the Beijing News quoted Qiao Shenqian, the deputy head of the ministry's NGO Registration Service Centre, as saying. The ministry oversees NGOs on the mainland. Groups that have been registered ... for the actions of NGOs under it. Mr Qiao said the authorities had been considering doing away with the supervisory requirement for several years- but he was not able to give a specific date for when ...

  3. Foreign aid for NGOs outlawed

    Posted Dec 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The New York Times in Johannesburg Parliament has approved legislation that would effectively outlaw foreign or foreign-supported NGOs, groups that have pressed for broader human rights guarantees by President Robert Mugabe's government. The legislation in Zimbabwe has been denounced by human rights activists, who say the new law is part of a broader plan to suppress opposition ...

  4. Henan may open door to Aids help

    Posted Dec 04th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Nanning But the support of NGOs and foreign experts is needed, says local health official Henan province needs more help from non-governmental organisations and religious groups to tackle the Aids epidemic, according to a senior local health official. Few NGOs have established projects in the province, even though it is the epicentre of the epidemic ...

  5. 'Gender checklist' call to boost equality

    Posted Mar 08th 2004, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... organisations for not taking the initiative far enough and for stalling for too long. Some NGOs, like the Women's Coalition, have also criticised the commission for failing to achieve much in the way of tangible results in its three years of existence. But Mrs Leung countered such claims by saying that the commission was not meant to replace NGOs as an activist organisation but to work ...

  6. Welfare groups urged to find new income sources

    Posted Apr 10th 2004, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy With a 31pc cut in grants, NGOs are warned they have to be more creative Non-government welfare groups must find new sources of revenue and cut costs instead of relying on government subsidies, the chairman of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Bernard Charnwut Chan, has warned. The council represents 140 of the 186 government-funded NGOs as well as 157 ...

  7. Concerns over ability to cope with influx of defectors

    Posted Aug 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... resources for absorbing refugees. In recent weeks, Seoul has come under fire from NGOs that claim the government is turning its back on the defectors for fear of provoking Pyongyang. The accusations ... little to placate the NGOs. They are also upset over comments made by Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon directed at NGOs aggressively helping North Koreans defect from the communist country. He said ...

  8. Welfare groups outraged as budget is cut by 2.1pc

    Posted Nov 27th 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... with the decision, which was made unilaterally without any dialogue between the government and NGOs,' said Christine Fang Meng-sang, executive director of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, which ... this year's level. About 70 NGOs that receive less than $3 million a year will be exempt. The Social Welfare Department will also be forced to cut 1.6 per cent, or $50.7 million, from its spending ...

  9. Fathers plead for HIV sons' release

    Posted Aug 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Activists believe the two are pawns in a push to drive NGOs out of Aids arena The fathers of two outspoken Aids activists detained in Henan province have arrived ... patients who had become involved with non-government organisations (NGOs). '[The authorities hope] once these [outspoken] Aids patients are gone, people will not find out the size ...

  10. Commission sought to tackle poverty

    Posted Mar 09th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A minimum wage and old-age pension are essential, say academics and NGOs A high-level commission is needed to map out long-term policies to end poverty, academics and NGOs yesterday told legislators who passed a motion supporting their call. Mak Kim-ho, of Oxfam Hong Kong, said: 'A poverty commission does not mean we are going to redistribute wealth. We need ...




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