Mar
20

Overseas NGOs in China: Left in Legal Limbo

The Diplomat published an article online titled, “Overseas NGOs in China: Left in Legal Limbo.” The article reads in part as follows;

“China’s controversial new law on foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) has been in force only a few months – and it’s already heavily impacting and hindering operations by NGOs in the country. Since January 1, foreign NGOs, including foundations, advocacy groups, and business chambers, have had to register with the police and link up with an officially approved Chinese partner or “professional supervisory unit.” But so far, only three dozen organizations, who had been registered under other labels before the law came into effect, have been able to complete the cumbersome process, among them the World Economic Forum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and some business chambers, for example those of Russia, India, and Canada.

Mar
07

NGO-driven EPA regulations based on bad science need reform

The Hill published an article titled, “NGO-driven EPA regulations based on bad science need reform.” The article reads in part as follows;

“With all its warts, the Trump administration has hit the ground running on pulling back regulatory overreach. The president has issued a pair of critical, wide-ranging executive orders — one that requires federal agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they want to issue, and another that requires the cost of any additional regulations to be completely offset by undoing existing rules.

Feb
27

NGOs: The fifth estate

The Asian Age published an article titled, “NGOs: The fifth estate.” The article reads in part as follows;

“It is impossible to exaggerate the role and significance of the NGO in a democratic society.

Populists in power tend to be harsh with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that criticise them. Again, harassing or even suppressing civil society is not a practice exclusive to populists. But for them opposition from within civil society creates a particular moral and symbolic problem: it potentially undermines their claim to exclusive moral representation of the people. Hence it becomes crucial to argue that civil society isn’t civil society at all, and that what can seem like popular opposition has nothing to do with the proper people.

Feb
21

In an era of declining trust, how can NGOs buck the trend?

Devex published an article titled, “In an era of declining trust, how can NGOs buck the trend?” The article reads in part as follows;

“Trust in global institutions is at an all-time low. The results of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual online survey of trust, paint a picture of a broken global system and a population with little hope for things to improve. NGOs are caught in the web of distrust — a long way from the first survey in 2001 when NGOs were considered a rising influence.

Feb
06

The Origins of China’s New Law on Foreign NGOs

ChinaFile posted an article titled, “The Origins of China’s New Law on Foreign NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“In March of 2013, Xi Jinping was named the President of the People’s Republic of China at the 12th National People’s Congress. At the time, I was working for China Development Brief, an independent Chinese NGO started by the British journalist Nick Young in 1996 to promote constructive engagement between China and international development organizations.

Jan
30

Report Reveals How NGOs Around the World Use Online Technology and Social Media

PR Newswire published an article titled, “Report Reveals How NGOs Around the World Use Online Technology and Social Media.” The article reads in part as follows;

Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains and Nonprofit Tech for Good today revealed the results of the “2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report.” The second annual report uncovers how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) worldwide use web, email and mobile communications, online fundraising tools, and social media.

Jan
23

#WEF2017: Davos place for NGOs

World Economic Forum published an article titled, “#WEF2017: Davos place for NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Davos – The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland is a platform for leaders in politics and business to debate and chart the way forward on global matters, but it also offers a crucial window for the NGO sector to interact and get buy-in for their initiatives.

The Geneva-based International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is one of a number of organisations that can be found in Davos-Klosters during the week of the WEF, and the forum plays a key role in the portrayal of its core messaging and obtaining support for various programmes.

Jan
16

Hungary Plans to Crack Down on All Soros-Funded NGOs

Bloomberg posted an article online titled, “Hungary Plans to Crack Down on All Soros-Funded NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Hungary plans to crack down on non-governmental organizations linked to billionaire George Soros now that Donald Trump will occupy the White House, according to the deputy head of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party.

The European Union member will use ‘all the tools at its disposal’ to ‘sweep out’ NGOs funded by the Hungarian-born financier, which ‘serve global capitalists and back political correctness over national governments’, Szilard Nemeth, a vice president of the ruling Fidesz party, told reporters on Tuesday. No one answered the phone at the Open Society Institute in Budapest when Bloomberg News called outside business hours.

Jan
09

Since 2014, 20,000 NGOs lost FCRA licence

The Indian Express published an article titled, “Since 2014, 20,000 NGOs lost FCRA licence.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Nearly 20,000 NGOs lost their FCRA licence since May 2014, when the BJP-led NDA government came to power at the Centre, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was informed on Tuesday. Of these 20,000 NGOs, FCRA licences of over 9,500 NGOs were cancelled in 2015 and the rest did not apply for renewal after their licence lapsed in November this year.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) received nearly 3,000 applications from NGOs for fresh Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licences this year, Singh was told during a review meeting, officials said.

Jan
03

New Chinese law tightens control over NGOs

Al Jazeera posted an article titled, “New Chinese law tightens control over NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“A new law has come into force in China, tightening control over foreign not-for-profit organisations operating inside the country.

The law, which was announced last April, provides what the government says are long overdue reforms to regulate the activities of the thousands of NGOs operating in China.

The new regulation bans political or religious activities at odds with the Chinese government. It also states that NGOs must not undermine or damage China’s national interests.

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