Two Years After the Foreign NGO Law:

Implications for Foreign NGOs, Foundations, and Thinktanks in China

Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison 


12:00pm - 1:00pm | CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

We are now into the third year of implementation of a new law and framework for Chinese security governance of overseas NGOs, foundations and thinktanks in China — which already has one of the largest and most rapidly growing NGO and charitable communities in the world. This presentation analyzes these important policy and regulatory shifts in China in control and monitoring of the overseas NGO, foundation and thinktank sector, draws some conclusions about the future work of these organizations in China, and discusses some comparisons with developments in the domestic nonprofit sector.

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and consultant for Asia at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).  He served on the small team that opened the Ford Foundation office in Beijing in the late 1980s, also served in the Ford Foundation in Hanoi, Bangkok and New Delhi, has consulted widely with international donors and NGOs in China, including the Ford, Gates, Asia and other foundations, and has worked in China since 1972.  He writes and speaks frequently on the nonprofit sector, civil society and philanthropy in China, India, Vietnam, and elsewhere in Asia.