THE LAW AFFECTING CIVIL SOCIETY IN ASIA: Developments and Challenges for Nonprofit and Civil Society Organizations

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

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The Paradox of Asia and the Scope of this Report
Asia presents a paradox. Many of the more than forty countries in this vast region aren home to vibrant civil society sectors, engaged in everything from social services to advocacy to mutual benefit activities and other pursuits that fall within the definitions of non-profit or charitable activity. Yet in many countries of Asia, government regulatory controls on civil society are restrictive or highly restrictive. Indeed, based on reports from countries as diverse as India, China, Thailand and Vietnam, among many others, the legal operating environment is becoming more restrictive, particularly for advocacy and other groups engaged in independent civil society activity.

This report is an overview of the regulatory environment affecting civil society and civil society organizations (CSOs)2 across Asia, focusing on a number of countries and key themes. These themes include: general constitutional and legal frameworks; types of organizational forms of CSOs; establishment requirements; registration and incorporation requirements; termination and dissolution procedures; state supervisory requirements; legal treatment of foreign organizations; and rules related to funding sources, including cross-border philanthropy and economic activities. While this report may make reference to any country in Asia, it focuses predominantly on Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (Central Asia); Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (South Asia); Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
(Southeast Asia); China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea (East Asia); and Fiji (Pacific).

This report is intended to identify key trends in the regulation of civil society and CSOs across Asia. As readers will note, it is not a detailed study of each country, and not all issues are covered for each country. For more detail, we invite readers to consult other

A Brief History of Nonprofit Organizations (And What We Can Learn)

Though the idea of helping and giving back to others has existed since Biblical times, nonprofit organizations in the United States have a much shorter history. Every couple of decades, a new era ushers in a new set of ideas, principles and practices that affect how the nonprofit sector functions. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the history of nonprofit organizations.

Without being too retrospective, we can learn a thing or two from the past when it comes to fundraising for nonprofits. When problems emerge, you have to think of new and creative ways to deal with them. But why spend hours trying to blaze your own trail when others have done it before you? Below, you’ll find some key turning points in the history of the nonprofit sector and what we can learn from them.


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Shop offers free clothes to people in need in southern Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 05/28/2017 16:28 GMT + 7

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Van helps a ‘customer’ try on a shirt at the ‘Zero Dong Store’ in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.

A woman from An Giang Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, has been running a shop that offers free-of-charge clothes to the disadvantaged.

The venue, named “Zero Dong Store,” is owned by Nguyen Thi Tuyet Van in Tri Ton Town, An Giang, which has become popular not only with local residents but also with people from other localities. Tiếp tục đọc “Shop offers free clothes to people in need in southern Vietnam”