Charity Law Reform in Hong Kong: Taming the Asian Dragon?

Damian Bethke (International Journal of Not-for-profit Law (Vol. 18, No. 1))

This article examines the historical development of charity organizations in Hong Kong and reviews laws governing them.

Hong Kong has seen a rise in the number of charitable organizations despite a lack of clear regulations. To address this, in 2007 the Law Reform Commission initiated a review of the charity law and recommended 18 changes. This article discusses where these recommendations fall short and proposes an alternative model: the creation of independent charity watchdog organizations to monitor the sector. Read it here.

Social Innovation and Social Transition in East Asia

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) & Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

This collection of articles examines the varying ways in which social innovation has evolved in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. The authors delve into the impact that each country’s history, culture, and political and economic systems have had on social innovation. Read it here.

Philanthropy and Islam

Mohamed Amersi & Ayatollah Fazel Milani (Philanthropy Impact Magazine)

This article analyzes the significance of charity in Islam. While philanthropy is embedded in most religions, it is one of the central tenants in Islam, instructing followers to connect with each other and the community at large. This article examines the two kinds of philanthropy practiced in Islam: obligatory (zakat and fitrana) and voluntary (sadaqa and waqf). Read it here.

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy

Palgrave Macmillan

This publication is a comprehensive guide to the philanthropic sectors of 26 economies, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. It provides an overview of the landscape of giving, the role that government and religion play, fiscal incentives, and the legal policies that shape philanthropic giving. It also seeks to understand what motivates individuals to give and why the level of giving varies across countries. Read it here.

Japan’s Civil Society from Kobe to Tohoku: Impact of Policy Changes on Government­-NGO Relationship and Effectiveness of Post-­Disaster Relief

Harvard University

This article explores the development of Japan’s civil society through the lens of citizen volunteerism and the role of nonprofits in natural disaster relief and reconstruction efforts. The development of civil society organizations in Japan occurred relatively late compared to Western countries. However, their numbers and civil society activism as a whole have surged in recent decades. The article explores the changing relationship between the state and civil society in Japan in light of these trends. Read it here.

Corporate Responsibility in the Age of the SDGs: Role of the Keidanren Charter in the Evolution of CSR in Japan

The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

This article provides an overview of the evolution of the Keidanren Charter of Corporate Behavior and how it has helped promote good citizenship among the Japanese business community. It discusses Japan’s development of CSR which has largely been led by businesses and the role of Japan’s best known and most influential industry group, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation). Read it here.

Defining the Nonprofit Sector: South Korea

Inchoon Kim & Changsoon Hwang (The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies)

This paper analyzes Korea’s nonprofit sector in the context of the major characteristics of Korean society. It explores the emergence of Korea’s nonprofit sector and its defining features, as well as the relationships between the state, society and the nonprofit sector. Read it here.

Cross Border Giving Guides

Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC)

These country reports provide insights into Asia’s social sector. It offers a toolkit for philanthropists looking to enter this unfamiliar and under-developed market. It includes recommendations from experienced practitioners on navigating through the country’s regulatory framework and cultural nuances when conducting philanthropic activities.

Read it here:

  • Giving to Myanmar: A Guide for Asian Philanthropists (English)
  • Giving to China: A Guide for Asian Philanthropists (English, Chinese)

Development Finance Assessment for Nepal

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asian Development Bank (ADB) & the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DIFD)

This report, commissioned by the Ministry of Finance, provides an overview of Nepal’s development financing strategy and the policies that align this with national development priorities. Nepal aspires to graduate from a “least developed country” to a developing country by 2022 and remains committed to achieving the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Recommendations for enhancing the alignment of finance flows to national development goals to reach these objectives are included. Read it here.

The past, present and future of Chinese Philanthropy

International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

This article explores the history of giving in China. It looks at how rapid economic growth and the accumulation of wealth has contributed to a rise in philanthropy. It also explores emerging trends around giving in the social sector. Read it here.