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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Green NGO in China

I did a "mastère" (french appellation, 1 year study after a master degree) in the environmental/development field, and I did an internship in one of the WWF office in China. So I'm keeping an eye on the related subject.
This morning i found out what happened to China Development Brief last month. I was on holiday and even if Google Reader is great, the info got lost as i had to much catching up to do. Anyway, I was reading an article in the French newspaper about how things were getting tricky for Green NGO in China, taking as an example the Chinese authority who "ordered the Chinese edition of China Development Brief to cease publication forthwith".

I remember that when I was looking for an internship in a NGO in China, some people i was talking with (classmates for example, so they knew about environment stuff) were doubting there was any NGO in China. At that time i didn't know I will end up in one of the international NGO that came to China. WWF started to operate in China in 1980 to protect the Panda.

I've always thought the best of China Development Brief. The website is a really good place to find information about NGO in China. I've also appreciated the job boards (although I didn't find anything there, I could see the trends in the sector), the RSS feeds as well as the directory.
I hope there gonna make it.

The french article also mention some local NGO with international funding which had to stop:
" Une vingtaine d’ONG locales ont été sommées de ne plus accepter de fonds d’institutions ou de fondations internationales telles Ford ou Oxfam, et leurs projets arrêtés."
Really wonder which one they are talking about. I know some NGOs in Kunming with Ford funds...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are thousands of environmental NGOs in China. International and local ones - I did my dissertation on them! There are more NGOs in China for environmental issues than there are for any others, seems the Chinese central government appreciate the help with tackling environmental issues. Check this link, it explains stuff a lot clearer:

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/3870

The Chinese government are still weary of them, and there are heaps of regulations on NGOs and registration applications, but a lot of NGOs run un-registered as well, or registered as non-profit businesses instead. Its a very interesting topic.

Philippe said...

yes, very interesting ssubject indeed.
thx for your comments!

This post is getting old. It seems China Development Brief is still here. less active though.... that's my impression.
It's hard to know what happened to these small NGOs that were "closed". I just know the major NGOs who don't have any problem i guess.