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Big news from the big meeting of the National People’s Congress in China

9 Karla Simon 21 March 2013

While there have been other recent developments that are relevant to this blog, they all pale in comparison with the one part of the Chinese government’s government restructuring plan that affects civil society. As part …

‘In the spirit of’ the 18th Party Congress; another accounting scandal in a big charity

1 Karla Simon 19 December 2012

Following the close of the 18th Party Congress in mid-November, there were a few developments suggesting that reforms for civil society are in the offing. Indeed, Professor Wang Ming, China’s best-known expert on CSOs, is …

China – Charity Law submitted to State Council

3 Karla Simon 12 June 2012

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has submitted a draft of the Charity Law to China’s State Council (cabinet), a sign that the country may be progressing towards rules covering philanthropic organizations. If passed, the new …

Fashioning new self-regulatory charity policies for accountability and transparency

Karla Simon 13 February 2012

As mentioned in an earlier blog, China’s ‘private’ foundations have endeavoured to establish self-regulatory guidelines, which were adopted at the second annual private foundation forum. The principles are based on previously developed self-regulation guidelines of …

Relaxing the registration rules for civil society organizations in China

3 Karla Simon 30 November 2011

Instead of blogging this month on self-regulation (a topic to which I will return in 2012), it is important at this juncture to discuss a very significant development. At a party working conference held at …

Codes of conduct: enforcement or endorsement?

1 Vanessa Meachen and Philanthropy Australia 29 September 2011

At Philanthropy Australia’s biannual Member Seminar on 22 September, one of the most resonant questions asked of speaker Robert Fitzgerald – chair of the advisory panel to the soon-to-be-established Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) …