Service providers wantedCivil society is growing in Communist-run China
Civil society is growing in Communist-run China. At present, the government permits only limited “third sector” activity but that may change soon. Authorities particularly appreciate initiatives that offer practical solutions and deliver them with convincing efficiency. Donor agencies can support civil society by promoting institutionalisation and conveying methodological skills.
According to much German media coverage, China is an economic sensation and a political flop. Reality, of course, is far more nuanced. In view of reports about the omnipotent Communist Party (CPC), corrupt local administrations and media censorship, it seems hard, at first glance, to imagine that civil society in China is actually growing. However, for around 10 years, the CPC has permitted and even promoted controlled …