Where You'd Least Expect it: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Expansion of Civic Space in China

Professor Tyrene White describes the regulatory framework within which China's NGO's have begun to operate and the strategies sometimes used to be allowed to register. It challenges the standard typology that divides NGO's into those that are government-organized NGO's (or GONGOs), and those that are genuinely non-governmental.  Using the case of the Amity Foundation, one of China's leading and most successful social service NGO's, she shows the difficulty of completely disentangling state and society NGO origins.