Non-Governmental Organizations

Harness the power of collective social action for Hong Kong

Lord Wei

It was a pity that a recent forum in Hong Kong on social reform went largely unreported. The "star" of the show was Lord Wei, the youngest, and only British-born Chinese, member of Britain's House of Lords. He advised Prime Minister David Cameron on his "Big Society" project to tackle social problems, and attracted controversy when he accused some charities of competing too much with each other and being out of touch with the public and donors.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 2:48am

Talking Points

Chu Wai-wing

A 77-year-old repairman is sentenced for breaching building regulations while working on a To Kwa Wan tenement which later collapsed, killing four people. 

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Workers' voice of Shenzhen takes a beating in crackdown

NGOs in Shenzhen help migrant workers understand their rights and provide counselling in job disputes. Photo: Reuters

Shenzhen NGO worker Su Yuan has been forced to fight for her rights after about 60 men evicted her and five colleagues from their office in August. Their ordeal was part of a seven-month Guangdong crackdown that shuttered at least eight non-governmental labour organisations in Shenzhen. Su talks about how they and their group, called the Little Grass Workers' Home, were mistreated.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

Microcredit schemes struggling to aid China's rural poor

Zhang Xiulan with her pigs in Yixian county, Hebei. Loans from microcredit provider Project Happiness helped her expand to 300 animals within two years. Photo: Josephine Ma

The first investments by a long-awaited fund dedicated to helping the poor through financial services has helped shed light on the huge hurdles still facing microcredit organisations in rural China.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

Li Keqiang wants tax breaks for NGOs specialising in Aids/HIV work

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

Premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang has asked the Ministry of Finance to arrange a pilot programme that would give tax breaks to NGOs specialising in HIV/Aids prevention, as part of the government's attempt to reach out to grass-roots groups to help fight the disease.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Right groups in Russia to oppose 'foreign agent' law

The Memorial rights group building was vandalised. Photo: AP

Workers at the Russian human rights organisation Memorial arrived at work to see a phrase spray-painted across their office building: "Foreign Agent."

Anonymous vandals scrawled the same words in giant, sloppy white letters across the door of For Human Rights, which represents citizens in disputes with police or prosecutors.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Letters to the Editor, November 7, 2012

Lung Mei will have an artificial beach. Photo: Sam Tsang

Why ESF cannot adopt local system

I refer to the report (“ESF warned over local curriculum”, November 1).

I feel that by suggesting the English Schools Foundation follow the local curriculum in order to benefit from the government subvention, the secretary for education is missing the point of the purpose of the ESF in Hong Kong.

7 Nov 2012 - 1:57am

Keeping Oxfam out of the NGO rabble

Keeping Oxfam out of the NGO rabble

"We continue to try and ensure that we influence policy on the causes of poverty, not just drip-feed aid to the symptoms."

Oxfam administrator

1 Nov 2012 - 4:48am 1 comment

Australian couple's top award for Crossroads Foundation

Malcolm and Sally Begbie, founders of Hong Kong charity Crossroads Foundation, are now Officers of the Order of Australia. Photo: SCMP

When Malcolm and Sally Begbie first started out helping NGOs, they simply wanted to make some small difference.

Now their work has been recognised with a top honour from their home country, Australia.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:59am 1 comment

Social policy plays role in expansion of 'third sector'

Social enterprises are playing an increasingly important role in Taiwan. It's a trend that gained momentum as community consciousness and a self-help mentality took hold amid soaring unemployment and widening income inequality in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis 15 years ago.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

China emerges as new job frontier for West's youth

As Western economies stagnate and China's continues to grow, students in Europe and the United States are increasingly looking eastwards for internships and placements.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Can the Community Care Fund help the needy?

Elaine Yu, 15, Creative Secondary School

Since the Community Care Fund was established in October, there have been some huge controversies. Some say the fund can ease people's burdens, but others complain it is just the government's cure-all for social problems, such as the gap between the rich and the poor.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

State Council hails China's success on human rights

Beijing yesterday hailed what it's calling a successful implementation of the country's first human rights action plan, saying citizens' overall living conditions have been improved and their rights safeguarded, even though rights groups say abuses continue unabated.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Greens urge tougher project scrutiny

Five green groups have jointly called on the government to revamp the environmental impact assessment (EIA) system, which they say is full of loopholes and fails to protect the environment.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Boxing Hong Kong

Globalisation is a large, complicated issue which is hard to explain in a few sentences. But 61 senior secondary school students are taking up the challenge of showing how globalisation changes us - and they're doing it in a 2.25 cubic metre box.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am