Civil Affairs

Charity law, trust in NGOs crucial

Transparency requirements for charities issued at the weekend are a much needed step in the right direction given the scandals that have plagued philanthropic organisations in recent years, but the rules fall short of what needs to be done

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:49pm

UN's humanitarian affairs office aims to prevent waste of funds

I refer to your editorial ('Every dollar donated to the UN has to count', January 21).

United Nations-bashing is easy. So is recycling old stories.

I came to Hong Kong earlier this month for preliminary discussions on fund-raising for my office, the UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and for the humanitarian cause.

26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

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

News of a directive issued by Beijing's education commission blacklisting Oxfam as an organisation 'trying hard to infiltrate China' ('Officials warned university over Oxfam interns', February 26) has dealt a blow to the country's international image as one of the world's leading nations.

9 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

by Conor Foley

Verso, HK$209

In a world where Myanmese generals shoot Buddhist monks and Zimbabwe's destitute victims of Robert Mugabe's rule are now at the mercy of a deadly cholera outbreak, there is a growing international clamour to topple such recalcitrant regimes by armed intervention in the name of humanitarianism.

28 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Dedication to a cause

NON-STATE bodies, such as Hong Kong-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play an increasingly important role in the community as representatives of public interest and as an alternative to direct state action. Yet, they are often overlooked as a career option.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Authorities move to relax controls

Mainland authorities plan to make it easier for NGOs to register - but will continue to ban bodies with political interests.

Under existing regulations, a non-governmental organisation must team up with a government unit, which helps the NGO to register at the Civil Affairs Ministry.

16 Aug 2002 - 12:00am