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  1. Guangdong to allow some NGOs off the leash

    Posted Nov 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Guangdong has loosened controls on eight categories of NGOs, allowing them to register without a 'patron' government agency. While the move ... Finding a patron is the biggest hurdle for NGOs, particularly rights advocacy groups, because administrative departments are worried about being held responsible for NGOs' actions. Many ...

  2. NGOs are a test bed for new thinking

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Guangdong's decision to loosen controls on NGOs in a number of categories is therefore a wise move that has to serve as a model for administrations elsewhere to follow. Government agencies that previously administered such organisations will now serve only as advisers. A draft law to take effect next July states that by 2015, most NGOs will need only the authorisation of the government ...

  3. Mainland NGOs help maintain harmony

    Posted Mar 10th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... policy areas, there are usually NGOs which do their best to fill the needs and redress social ills. On the mainland, while local NGOs continue to do their best within the circumstances, tight ... of 'colour revolutions' in the former Soviet republics, Beijing has restricted the funding of local NGOs from international foundations. Meanwhile, although local enterprises are now more ...

  4. Will stronger social governance give NGOs more leeway?

    Posted Mar 10th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... greater use of residents and NGOs for social service in the aftermath of the 'Jasmine Revolutions' sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, which have ousted two leaders and forced ... such as tax breaks for NGOs. While policy analysts and organisers cautiously welcome the government's announcement, many still doubt whether this will result in a relaxation of the current ...

  5. NGOs struggle with legal status despite new rules

    Posted Apr 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei The capital relaxed its registration rules for four categories of non-governmental organisations this year, but the change has been met with a lukewarm response from NGOs, long ... yesterday, citing officials from the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau. The report did not clarify the definition of each category. NGOs have been tightly regulated as mainland authorities are wary ...

  6. Beijing 'keeps firm hand on NGO finances'

    Posted Mar 07th 2011, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai

    ... faced by NGOs operating on the mainland. It said more than 32 per cent of the funds raised last year by 84 mainland NGOs (which the survey calls 'non-profit organisations') came from big multinational or domestic enterprises, while money from international foundations and NGOs and domestic foundations made up only 22 per cent. The government and the public had each donated ...

  7. Microsoft shares social software

    Posted Aug 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Wilson Lau Inspired by the positive response to its TechDonation Initiative, Microsoft Hong Kong is opening the door wider to more local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to benefit from its innovative programme. Launched in December 2007 with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), TechDonation aims to help NGOs improve their efficiency through technology. ...

  8. Party has to retain control, cadre says

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of 'civil society',' warning that authorities must regulate NGOs to stop the growth of groups with 'ulterior motives'. Qiushi, which translates as 'seeking truth', ... too much responsibility to NGOs or establishing too many NGOs, authorities must put all NGOs under their control and make them just 'an important supplement' to the social management ...

  9. Youth hostel plan starts

    Posted Oct 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Lau The government will help NGOs to provide hostels for single youths, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said in his policy address. The idea aims to help working-age young people to move away from home as they set out on their own. In his address, Tsang said the government welcomed proposals by NGOs about building youth hostels on land allocated ...

  10. Budget hostels will help young workers

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... officials said yesterday. In last month's speech, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the government would help NGOs build hostels on land allocated by the administration. The government ... Jick-chi said yesterday that six NGOs had shown an interest in the hostel programme. The hostels were intended to help young people while they adjusted to being part of the workforce, ...




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