Grass-roots NGOs and the growth of civil society in China - 中欧社会论坛 - China Europa Forum

Grass-roots NGOs and the growth of civil society in China

Authors: Zhu Jiangang

Date: juin 2004

Published by Published in Open Times

Abstract: The article argues that China’s civil society organisations are, in fact, dwelling in a protocivil society. Grass-root NGOs are facing difficulties in five areas, namely, in legality, human resources, capital, entrustment and know-how. By presenting two case studies of voluntary organisations based in Shanghai and Guangzhou respectively, the author investigates the ways in which grass-roots NGO activists establish norms, draw up their development strategies and construct an organisational framework. The article then focuses on how these NGOs and the volunteerism of their members can help overcome difficulties, and what their contribution is to the growth and development of China’s civil society.

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