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  1. Guangdong to use NGOs in reform move

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to non-government organisations (NGOs) to reform social management. A draft regulation released this month advises administrative departments to buy services from NGOs in areas such as education, housing, social welfare and legal assistance, according to the Guangzhou Daily. The move is part of social reform policies aimed at stepping up the development of NGOs following recent mass protests ...

  2. NGOs say easing of registration rules is limited

    Posted Apr 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Fiona Tam fiona.tam@scmp.com Mainland NGOs are decrying Guangdong's lead as the first province to ease registration requirements as a limited move, despite kudos from Beijing and pro-government academics. Li Liguo, the minister for civil affairs, said the other provinces would follow Guangdong in doing so, Caixin Media reported. Last November, Guangdong said it would allow NGOs ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Support for social workers

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare Paul Tang Kwok-wai says the government has supported social workers by providing HK$2.6 billion in one-off funding to NGOs. Special recurrent funding of HK$200 million will be given to NGOs to strengthen administrative support. ...

  8. NGOs must reassure Beijing that they do not seek a political role

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... main concern is to maintain stability. However, some 2,000 unregistered NGOs in the country have all along been struggling for survival because of the stringent registration requirements that are imposed on them. Some NGOs have been closed down under the pretext of illegal association, tax evasion and conducting unauthorised surveys. The recent tightening of procedures for sending foreign ...

  9. NGOs fight uphill battle as Beijing tightens the screws

    Posted May 28th 2010, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... that operated independently of the government. From disaster relief to legal aid work and advocating the rights of those on the margins of society, mainland NGOs are playing an increasingly prominent ... and fire departments, its director, Wan Yanhai, left the country this month. According to academics' estimates, some 90 per cent of mainland NGOs lack legal status because Beijing does ...

  10. Beijing tightens rules on foreign funding of NGOs

    Posted Mar 12th 2010, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... will threaten the survival of the mainland's fledgling civil society. Under regulations that came into effect this month, independent NGOs that accept donations from overseas donors face more scrutiny than ever. The central government refuses to allow independent NGOs to register as non-profit organisations, so most are forced to register as companies and are liable to pay tax. But now ...




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