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News from China: roll-out of plan to allow CSOs to directly register, the earthquake response and other developments

3 Karla Simon 26 April 2013

Pursuant to the plan announced by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in March and the follow-up decision to create a timeline of the expected changes to be carried out by the State Council, China Daily …

China takes steps forward in foundation accountability and social innovation

Karla Simon 20 August 2012

It seems that the summer months, with torrid heat and torrential rains in various places in China, including Beijing and Shanghai etc., have slowed the process of change in the legal and fiscal environment for …

A round-up of recent civil society developments in China

Karla Simon 22 March 2012

Guiding Principles for religious organizations’ charitable work The first regulatory development of some note was the issuance in late February of regulations governing the charitable activities of religious organizations. These regulations discuss the ‘Guiding Principles’ …

At last, a definition of charity for Australia

1 Vanessa Meachen 22 July 2011

Observers could be forgiven for thinking that Australia has been a nation of much talk but little action when it comes to reform of the not-for-profit sector. Along with many other jurisdictions with a common-law …