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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"We continue to try and ensure that we influence policy on the causes of poverty, not just drip-feed aid to the symptoms."
Oxfam administrator1 Nov 2012 - 4:48am 1 comment
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 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
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
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
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
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
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