Civil society in China has long been marginalized. Grassroots civil society organizations established by Chinese individuals seeking to make a difference have a difficult time gaining legal status and funding. These include nonprofits/NGOs protecting the environment, serving the disabled, working to prevent domestic violence, providing legal aid for migrant workers, working with HIV-infected communities, helping children in impoverished areas attend school, and many others. Few Chinese know what nonprofits and NGOs are, and the government views them with suspicion. But civil society organizations are essential to a well-functioning, stable and equitable society. They provide channels for citizens to participate in their communities and influence policies. They provide services to marginalized groups and others in need. They act as watchdogs supervising the behavior of governments and corporations.
China Development Brief (CDB) is dedicated to strengthening China’s civil society organizations by keeping them and their supporters informed and networked. CDB was established in 1996 and formally registered in 2003 as the Beijing Civil Society Development Research Center. It is China’s longest-running independent nonprofit organization reporting on and promoting civil society developments in China. It focuses on public interest organizations that work in sectors such as the environment, disabilities, migrants, HIV/AIDs, public health, child welfare, education, poverty-relief, gender equality, and the LGBT community. Currently CDB publishes a quarterly Chinese-language issue, maintains online resources and provides consulting for nonprofits. In 2011, CDB launched the CDB (English) Translation Project to empower China’s civil society by informing the international community about developments in China’s nonprofit sector. CDB (English) provides English-language resources to international readers who wish to understand, support and participate in China’s rapidly growing nonprofit community. These resources include translations of CDB articles, laws and regulations governing the nonprofit sector, and directories of NGOs.
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