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Shanghai’s municipal and district governments, busy creating whole new urban districts, are also experimenting in social service delivery, in some cases contracting service provider NGOs. But, Chang Tianle (常天乐) reports, development of the sector remains piecemeal, still largely dependent on individual relationships and agreements.
Civil Society | Environment
Organisations and individuals concerned about water pollution now have a powerful online tool to learn about the water quality of rivers and lakes in their vicinity and to know the sources of pollutants.
China has pledged to protect an area of nearly 1.6 million hectares area in Minshan (岷山), home to half of the world’s wild panda population, with new conservation areas planned and a logging ban to remain in place until 2010.
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Since the shock of SARS in 2003, the government of China has invested heavily in public health programmes to strengthen control of infectious diseases, WHO China representative, Henk Bekedam , tells Nick Young in the following interview. However, he cautions, the health system as a whole still has grave, structural problems; Rural Cooperative Medical Schemes that are now being rolled out are unlikely to guarantee universal access to basic services; and until the government decides what its role in the health sector should be it will find it hard to create efficient and effective regulatory frameworks for quality and cost control.
Civil Society | Health | Law and Rights
Despite central directives to discourage discrimination against the tens of millions of people infected with Hepatitis B, old habits die hard in Xinjiang where parents are taking legal action against education authorities for barring their children from a coveted educational opportunity, and where a local NGO that broke the news to media has met with a stern response. Chang Tianle (常天乐) reports.
Civil Society | Social Welfare
Although oceans apart in some respects, social entrepreneurs from the UK and China share common experiences and challenges in their organisations, as they found at a symposium in Beijing on October 18.
Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Centre (北京文化遗产保护中心, CHP) and That’s Beijing magazine have launched a network to enlist public participation in the protection of Beijing’s historical hutong (alleys) and courtyards whose architecture and community life are under pressure from breakneck urban development.
Media | Social Welfare
Yang Qingfeng (杨青风), a 25-year-old blind man who is studying massage and acupuncture at a special college for people with disabilities, has been making school radio programmes since he was 16. But until recently becoming a professional broadcaster seemed an impossible dream.
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A recently published World Bank study of farmers’ associations in China reviews a number of policy experiments that are now culminating in a draft Law on Farmers’ Economic Professional Cooperatives (农民经济专业合作社), which is expected to be released for public consultation before the end of the year, writes Nick Young. But, the authors of the World Bank study warn, although a clear legal framework would be a major breakthrough, local governments should support the development of farmers’ organisations without being tempted to direct or dominate them.
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Driven barking mad by information requests from foreign correspondents and researchers keen to investigate environmental or labour rights activism as a manifestation of China’s civil society, China Development Brief thought there must be a better litmus of state-society relations, grounded in the hopes and deeds of ordinary people. Like, say, dog owners. Chang Tianle (常天乐) sniffs out the story.