March 1999

Various themes

Volume 4 , Number 1

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Various themes

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Guest Editors' Article

Are there any real NGOs in China?

1 March 1999
Nick Young

Outsiders interested in the country’s social development frequently ask whether there any ‘real’ NGOs in China. Certainly China remains one of the most government-dominated societies in the world, and in the past some international NGOs have ruled out working there because of the lack of suitable non-government partners. Other Western observers, however, have argued that ‘civil society’ is beginning to flourish. Indeed, although government remains the major player, over the past few years a number …

 
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Editorial – March 1999

  With one year as editor of Alliance behind me, I’d like to thank all those who’ve helped so far and who’ve agreed to help in the future – as editorial board members, regular column writers, one-off contributors, and now as funders. Without this support and  encouragement, publishing Alliance would not be possible. From now on, Alliance will be published quarterly and circulated much more widely than before. A special thanks to all who have helped in compiling the mailing list – CIVICUS and EFC members, the Council on Foundations, and many others. Finally, a request for the future. We …

Editorial – Various themes

‘Beyond Aid’ is the theme of a conference being held in Ghana this April. I interpret this to mean not that ‘aid is finished’ but that there has been a radical reappraisal of the way effective support for the poor in the poorest countries is provided. The implication is that foundations, NGOs, companies, governments — in fact an alliance of interested parties – should become the vanguard of efforts to go beyond aid. Alliance magazine, focusing on such innovation, aims to give voice to those of us wishing to bring it about. Alliance is editorially independent with an editorial board …