We're overdue for another roundup on current events in China's social sector. We also like to highlight a few recent quality macro reports that may be of interest.
Current Events in China
More Transparency needed in China's Social Sector (Sina English): Though the China Charity Information Center announced a large increase in the China Charity Transparency Index for 2012, they say organizations need to disclose more information. Based on a 100-point scale, only 20% of organizations scored above 60. The Red Cross of China had a score of 35.2 and only 11 of the 124 charity societies scored above 60.
Concept of corporate social responsibility evolving further (China Daily): A quick look at the evolution of corporate social responsibility and the factors that are pushing for this change.
China’s Charity Sector Poised to Expand In 2013 (The Asia Foundation): This article gives a great summary on the current state of China's social sector and an optimistic view on what is to come in 2013. The Asia Foundation will also be launching the Mainland-Hong Kong Charity Platform where they will be bringing key government and private sector stakeholders together to discuss joint research and project opportunities.
Boosting migrants' education (China Daily): All non-governmental school for migrant children in Beijing's Chaoyang District to shut down in the next two years. In 2006, the education authorities started a big push to improve the management of schools for children of migrant workers by shutting down non-governmental schools not meeting the standards set by the government. This new policy will ensure the enrollment of these children in public schools but parents are wary of the education and social adjustment issues their children might encouter.
Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks to Factory Jobs (NY Times): As the number of college graduates increases, so does the number of unemployed individuals with a bachelors degree or higher. Graduates come out of these programs unwilling to work in factories though there is a surplus of jobs in this area with much higher pay. Will China's economy be able to keep up with this boom in education?
China Lets Media Report on Air Pollution Crisis (NY Times): With the air pollution ratings consistently at "hazardous" or higher both by foreign and local monitors, citizens are voicing a cry for change on Chinese microblogs and to anyone who will listen.
POLICY BRIEF NO. 12 (December 2012): A New Dawn After the 18th Party Congress? (China Development Brief)
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Macro Reports on the Social Sector: