ZeShan Philanthropy Forum Series

Prof. Anthony J. Spires on China’s Draft Overseas NGO Law [2015]

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Prof. Anthony J. Spires, Associate Director of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Civil Society Studies, briefed some 20 representatives of Hong Kong-based foundations on China’s draft overseas NGO management law in a ZeShan Philanthropy Forum Series event on July 15, 2015.

The luncheon was chaired by Ms. Annie Chen, director of ZeShan Foundation, and aimed to address how the proposed law may affect grant-making foundations, which are in a unique position as opposed to groups running direct programs in the mainland.

The proposed law, introduced in late 2014, considers all NGOs based in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as “overseas NGOs” and thus falling within the scope of the law. The draft law, which is rather sweeping and directly involves the Public Security apparatus in the oversight of NGOs, is expected to pose new issues and challenges to overseas NGOs operating in mainland China. Wang Cun-kui, professor of the People’s Public Security University of China, estimated that there are currently 4,000 to 6,000 overseas NGOs conducting long-term and short-term projects in the mainland. Only a small number are formally registered. The law has been put on a fast track for enactment and passed the second reading for comments in June 2015.

The event was attended by representatives of Hong Kong-based foundations with a mainland China portfolio in health, education, post-disaster rebuilding and other areas. Prof. Spires, an expert on China’s civil society, briefed attendees on the context, background, expected implementation timeline, as well as key points and challenges of the proposed law. Attendees also shared their thoughts on how the draft law may affect the future directions and operations of their organizations.

Prof. Spires is Associate Professor in Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also affiliated as a research fellow with the School of Philanthropy at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. His research expertise includes political sociology, civil society, and globalization in China.


The ZeShan Philanthropy Forum Series is part of the foundation’s mandate of promoting philanthropy and an extension and continuation of its Family Philanthropy: Values and Strategy Forum in 2009. The series, taking place periodically throughout the year, creates a unique platform for like-minded donors to exchange ideas, share experiences, stimulate thinking and network in a peer setting.
 
 

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