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CANGO Participated in the Study Tour

Capacity Building for Chinese NGOs in Overseas Development Cooperation: the Experiences and Lessons Learned

From 30 June to 5 July 2019, CANGO participated in the study tour of“Capacity Building for Chinese NGOS in Overseas Development Cooperation: the experiences and lessons learned” in Seoul, Korea. Representatives from China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Chinese Red Cross Foundation, Beijing Qiyue Center for Philanthropy, East China University of Political Science and Law as well as China Association for NGO Cooperation joined in this trip.
The main goal of this study tour is to know and learn how Korean NGOs run the overseas assistance programs and how to organize and coordinate activities effectively. Representatives visited a number of universities and organizations, including Kyung Hee University, Korea International Cooperation Agency, Save the Children Korea, Korea NGO for Overseas Development Cooperation, Korea International Cooperation Agency, Foreign Ministry etc, so as to understand more about how NGOs set up a number of international activities and what the organization pattern is like in these organizations.
On 4 July, China-Japan-Korea Workshop was held in Seoul, the governments from China, Japan and Korea, together with NGOs from these three countries discussing about 2 sessions. The first session discussed the institutional framework for Government-Civil Society Partnership: funding and implementation mechanisms; challenges in partnership, and diversification of partnership. The second session discussed about ways to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of CSOs from provider countries; Wu Peng from China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Akio Takayanagi from Ferris University and Ms. Kim Minyoung from Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation discussed the organizations’ overall capacity to meet the international standards in cooperation such as code of conduct, relationship with local partners, etc. The representative from China Association for NGO Cooperation, Ms. Li Xiajie also introduced the significance of Chinese Civil Society Organizations’ Participation in International Development Cooperation Code of Conduct developed by CANGO and written by the expert group of Beijing Qiyue Social Welfare Service Center which is funded by Asia Foundation.   
Capacity-building for Chinese NGOs in overseas development cooperation has a close connection with the government and enterprises. The Chinese NGOs currently started to operate internationally and required rich experience from other pioneer partners, therefore learning the experience is crucial for Chinese NGOs to go global. This study tour provided the skills and valuable insights from Korean best practise in foreign aid. In the long term, it would be meaningful for the Chinese Government, NGOs and private sectors to strengthen the partnerships in exploring a good international development cooperation.