Resources on NGO Law

Jul 26

The Overseas NGO Law: A Second Look

by Brent Fulton

Following a rather chaotic start, the process of registering foreign entities under the Overseas NGO (ONGO) Law is getting underway, albeit slowly.

May 31

The Overseas NGO Law: A Game-Changer?

by Brent Fulton

What are people saying about China's new Overseas NGO Law?

May 24

New Resource: ChinaSource Law and Policy Monitor

by ChinaSource Team

In response to the uncertainties resulting from China's new Overseas NGO Law, we've created the ChinaSource Law and Policy Monitor.  Here we introduce this new service and explain how organizations can sample the Monitor while helping ChinaSource in its efforts to understand how the law is impacting those who serve.

May 22

Who’s In? An Update

by Joann Pittman

An update on successful registrations under the new Overseas NGO Law and an invitation to join us at the Reformation 500 conference in Hong Kong. 

Apr 19

Keeping Track of Developments

by ChinaSource Team

In the current policy environment, it’s no longer “business as usual” for faith-based organizations serving in China. Legal changes call into question the viability of some ministries. Others are finding ways within the new laws to continue serving. ChinaSource is watching the situation closely as we provide counsel to organizations dealing with these changes.

Mar 15

From Grey to Grey: Foreign NGOs Feel Their Way Forward in China

by Brent Fulton

News that nearly three dozen foreign NGOs had successfully registered under the new Overseas NGO Law sounded an optimistic note for organizations working in China. Yet, as a recent article in The Diplomat points out, this apparent gain for the overseas NGO community masks the greater realities facing foreign groups as they weigh their options under the new law.

Mar 8

How a Lawyer Can Help

by Joann Pittman

Four ways a lawyer can help register your overseas NGO in China.

Mar 1

China’s New Realities and the Overseas NGO Law

by ChinaSource Team

An excerpt from ChinaSource Law and Policy Monitor, part of a new package of services aimed at assisting faith-based organizations as they deal with the implications of the Overseas NGO Law and related policy developments. 

Feb 22

Who’s In?

by Joann Pittman

Even though there was no law governing their operation in China until January 1, foreign NGOs have been operating in China for quite some time. Typically, they were either registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs or operated with the approval of provincial or local officials. The new law now requires all NGOs to register with the Ministry of Public Security.

Feb 15

Milestones in the Evolution of China’s Overseas NGO Law

by Brent Fulton

Earlier this month I wrote a post on the “why” behind China’s new overseas NGO law, which put the law into the larger political context of China. For a closer look at how the law was actually formulated, I recommend Shawn Shieh’s excellent piece, “The Origins of China’s New Law on Foreign NGOs,” which traces the evolution of NGO policy from the late 1980s up to the present.

Feb 8

Overseas NGO Law—We Can Help

by ChinaSource Team

Since the implementation of the new Overseas NGO Law on January 1, overseas organizations that work in/with/for China have been in varying degrees of panic. Maybe this is you, and you’ve found yourself overwhelmed with trying to interpret the new law as it applies to your specific situation, let alone embarking on the steps necessary to become legitimized. We're here to help!

Feb 1

The “Why” Behind China’s New Overseas NGO Law

by Brent Fulton

With the implementation of the new Overseas NGO Law it is imperative that organizations engaged in China become familiar with the provisions of the legislation, along with subsequent documents and pronouncements that continue to provide clues as to how the law is actually being carried out.

Jan 25

A Collection of NGO Law Links

by Joann Pittman

Over the past few months there have been numerous articles and posts written about the new Foreign NGO Law. We have been trying to keep you updated on new developments through this blog and ZGBriefs, but we thought it would be helpful to compile the resources (so far) in one place.

Jan 18

Professional Supervisory Unit or Partner—Which Is Right for You?

by Joann Pittman

The new Foreign NGO Law requires approval from a “Professional Supervisory Unit” or “Chinese Partner” in order to conduct activities in China. So what's the difference between them?

Jan 9

The Foreign NGO Law: An Infographic

by Joann Pittman

On Sunday, January 1 China’s new law governing foreign NGOs in China went into effect. The good folks at China Development Brief have put together a helpful infographic covering the basic information about the law. 

Dec 21, 2016

We Have a List!

by Joann Pittman

With only 12 day before the implementation of the new Foreign NGO Law, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has finally released a list of the professional supervisory units (PSU) for foreign NGOs seeking registration.

Dec 16, 2016

The Clock Is Ticking

by Joann Pittman

Implementation of China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law is now only two weeks away and much confusion remains.

Dec 5, 2016

The Foreign NGO Law

More Pieces of the Puzzle

by Joann Pittman

On January 1, 2017, China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law will go into effect, changing the landscape for foreign individuals and organizations working in China. At ChinaSource we are working hard to monitor the situation and track new developments. While there is still much that is unknown about the implementation of the law, some new documents have been released that begin to address this question.

Sep 19, 2016

13 Questions on the Implementation of the Foreign NGO Law

by Joann Pittman

The website NGOs in China recently published a summary of a Q&A session between the European Chamber of Commerce and the Foreign NGO Management Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security. Seeking clarification on how the law will be implemented, the delegation from the European Chamber of Commerce posed 13 questions. 

Jul 25, 2016

Foreign NGO Law

The Return of the Mother-in-Law

by Joann Pittman

Article 11 of the new Foreign NGO Management Law that is due to go into effect on January 1, 2017, will require foreign NGOs operating in China to “obtain consent of a professional supervisory unit.” The list of the approved supervisory units has yet to be released.

Jul 6, 2016

China’s Foreign NGO Law

A Silver Lining?

by Brent Fulton

In a recent Christianity Today article on the wave of laws hitting foreign NGOs globally, Morgan Lee refers specifically to China when she writes, “Nearly 20 percent of the world’s population could lose access to the ministry efforts of Western Christians next year.”

Jun 29, 2016

Will China’s New Foreign NGO Law Affect Me?

by Brent Fulton

If you’re with a non-profit organization that has activities in China, the new law applies to you, regardless of whether you are actually located in China.

May 4, 2016

The New Normal for Faith-Based, Foreign NGOs in China

Key Provisions of the New Law

by Brent Fulton

The Law on the Management of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations' Activities within Mainland China was passed on April 28, 2016 and will take effect January 1, 2017.

Apr 25, 2016

Foreign NGO Management Law

How Might it Affect You?

by Joann Pittman

Earlier this month a spokesman for China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) announced that the NPC Standing Committee is scheduled to review the draft law governing foreign NGOs operating in China. 

May 29, 2015

Draft NGO Law

A Roundup of Reactions

by Joann Pittman

In April, the Chinese government made available for comment the draft of a proposed Foreign NGO Management Law, which, if enacted as is, could significantly impact the work of foreign NGOs currently operating in China.

In the weeks since the draft was published, there’s been much discussion and analysis of the implications of this proposed law. Below is a roundup of some of the best pieces I’ve seen on the subject (so far).

May 22, 2015

A New Day for Foreign NGOs?

by Brent Fulton

For decades foreign NGOs trying to work in China have struggled with a lack of legal framework. Rumors have abounded about legislation that was “just around the corner,” but which never seemed to see the light of day.

Jan 26, 2015

A New NGO Law Coming?

by Joann Pittman

On January 16, 2015, the magazine China Briefing reported that a new Charity Law, which has been in the drafting stage for months has finally been introduced as a bill in the National People’s Congress (NPC). The establishment of laws governing social organizations (NGOs) has long been rumored and hoped for in China, by domestic and foreign enterprises alike. Many Christian organizations are hopeful that a new law will make it easier for them to operate in China. Here’s what the article has to say about the draft law:

Jun 30, 2014

China's Schizophrenic NGO Policy

by Brent Fulton

As far as I know China's NGO sector doesn't have a theme song, but if it did it would likely be the U2 hit single "With or Without You."