The Badi Foundation is a non-governmental development organization dedicated to releasing the potential of individuals and institutions in China to advance their own communities. We facilitate the establishment of community-based organizations and strengthen their institutional capacity to work with local governments and communities to design and implement education and training programs that release the potential of women and youth living in China’s rural areas. The foundation also operates the School of the Nations, an internationally oriented school in Macau S.A.R. that seeks to foster the intellectual and moral development of its students in an integrated manner, while developing their commitment to service to the broader community.
The Badi Foundation was established in Macau in 1990, where it is registered as a non-profit charitable organization. The foundation established a representative office in Beijing, registered under the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in 1997. In our efforts to contribute to China’s balanced development, we work with Chinese government agencies—such as the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, and provincial and local Poverty Alleviation Bureaus, Education Bureaus and Women’s Federations—as well as Chinese NGOs, including the China Charity Federation and China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO).
On May 20th, the Badi Foundation was invited to give a presentation at the “Civil Society in China and Perspectives of International NGOs” session of a conference held in Beijing by the Global Social Investing Council of The Conference Board. Badi Foundation Chief Representative Shareen Farhad presented on the topic of “Advancing Balanced Development through Social Action” on a panel including presenters from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Mercy Corps, CreditEase and China Development Brief. The panelists made presentations to, and engaged in dialogue and discussion with, a distinguished group of more than 20 individuals from the corporate social responsibility departments of various multi-national corporations, as well as relevant researchers and individuals engaged in the field of civil society in China on nurturing understanding and collaboration among NGOs and business entities. The Global Social Investing Council advances the practice of cross-border corporate social responsibility and strategic philanthropy. The Council engages in continuous dialogue on latest trends and issues to develop inspiring practices in the field. Its members seek to learn from thought leaders, subject-matter experts and from each other regarding corporate social investing.
On April 10, 2014, Badi Foundation Senior Director of Operations, Mr. Zhou Peng, attended and presented a talk at the China Association for NGO Cooperation’s (“CANGO”) “Social Organization Professionalization” Kickoff Meeting. About 40 representatives from organizations in Sha’anxi, Gansu, Ningxia and other regions shared concepts and principles related to building institutional capacity in non-profit organizations. This is the fourth project initiated by CANGO since 2012 aimed at strengthening institutional capacity in non-profit organizations. CANGO Executive Director Mr. Huang Haoming, Ministry of Civil Affairs NGO Management Bureau Director Mr. Han Tao, and Sha’anxi Province Civil Affairs Bureau NGO Management Bureau Vice-Director Liu Weiping all attended the meeting.
On March 26, 2014, the Badi Foundation and the Tsinghua University NGO Research Institute co-hosted the first roundtable meeting associated with the joint “Social Action and Development” project organized by the two institutions. This project, which is being implemented under the auspices of the strategic collaboration framework agreement signed by the two organizations last year, aims to bring together diverse governmental, international, academic, business and international and Chinese non-profit organizations operating in the field of civil society in China for exchange and dialogue, as well as to advance mutual understanding and collaboration.
The theme of the first roundtable was “Advancing Balanced Material and Spiritual Development”. Participants included seventeen representatives from the China Association for NGO Cooperation, China Development Brief, the Capacity Building and Assessment Center, the United Nations Development Program, the Leader Training Center of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, the Yingjiang County “Yingxin” Community Development Center in Yunnan Province, and the Dingbian County “Yujun” Service Center in Sha’anxi Province, eLong, Inc., the Tsinghua University NGO Research Institute and the Badi Foundation. Participants all engaged in dialogue around the themes of advancing material and spiritual development, influencing policy and collaborating with government agencies. Participants expressed their enthusiasm for the “salon-style” discussion. Going forward, the Badi Foundation hopes to summarize the learning and reflection of participants and share it with a broader audience of participants in the field of civil society in China. We also hope to invite participation from a broader group of organizations to contribute to an ongoing discourse on the development of civil society in China.
In March of 2014, six individuals established new program groups in five provinces, including Gansu, Qinghai, Hunan, Guangxi and Hebei. All of the program groups are focused on strengthening capacity in local rural women to advance the balanced development of their communities. This development has expanded the number of program groups/community-based organizations collaborating with the Badi Foundation under the auspices of the Institutional Capacity Building Program to 33 operating in 13 provinces of mainland China. Starting in November of 2013, these individuals – who had previously participated in activities organized by the Foundation – began an intensive internship with a grassroots community-based organizations in Lijiang City and Yingjiang County in Yunnan province. Three months later, Badi Foundation authorized them to implement the Environmental Action Program in their local communities and accompanied them to establish independent program groups aimed both at strengthening various capabilities as well as contributing to the balanced material and spiritual development of their local communities.
On March 11, 2014, Ms. Shareen Farhad, the Chief Representative of the Badi Foundation’s Beijing Representative Office gave a presentation on “Building Capacity in Rural Women to Advance Community Development” at the China Office of UN Women. A variety of organizations attended the meeting, including representatives from UN Women, UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the Embassy of the United States of America in Beijing, the Ford Foundation, as well as various other multi-lateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations. During the presentation, Ms. Farhad primarily summarized insights from the Badi Foundation’s experience strengthening capacity in rural women in China to advance the balanced material and spiritual development of their local communities through implementation of its Environmental Action Program over the past seventeen years. As international poverty alleviation strategies and the Chinese government’s framework for rural poverty alleviation emphasize the importance of strengthening self-development capacity in rural populations, it is hoped that some of the Badi Foundation’s experience and insights will make a contribution, however modest, to the questions and ongoing challenges concerning how to strengthen self-development capacity in rural populations. After the presentation, representatives from the various participating organizations engaged in dialogue on how to strengthen capacity in rural populations to bring about balanced development.
From November 4-7, 2013, the Badi Foundation Beijing Representative Office participated in the “Conference on International Exchange of Professionals” hosted in Shenzhen by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) and the Shenzhen municipal government. Approved by the State Council and hosted by SAFEA since 2001, the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals is currently the only conference aimed at promoting open dialogue and exchange among foreign expert organizations, training organizations and foreign professionals. As an organization licensed by SAFEA to invite foreign experts, each year the Badi Foundation participates in the conference and shares experience and results of its efforts in the field of poverty alleviation and development in China. The Foundation not only brings international development experience to the field of poverty alleviation and development, but also strives to emphasize the importance of learning to raise local human resources to contribute to sustainable, community-based development.
From September 21-23, 2013, the Badi Foundation participated in the second China Charity Fair, held in Shenzhen City and sponsored by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the government of Guangdong Province and other relevant government departments. As one of 30 international, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan organizations invited to participate in the event, Badi Foundation shared its programs, concepts and principles with participating NGOs, businesses, government agencies and foundations from within mainland China and abroad. The Foundation also learned more about how diverse groups and organizations participate in the work of social development in China according to their distinctive characteristics. Read more.
On September 17th, 2013, Badi Foundation attended a conference on the promotion of outstanding case studies in poverty alleviation at the invitation of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation. The meeting was held for the purpose of summarizing recent innovations in poverty alleviation work, promoting outstanding examples of social innovation and mobilizing an increasing number of groups and institutions in society to contribute to the work of poverty alleviation in China. Read more.
From August 5th to 12th, 2013, the Badi Foundation Beijing Representative Office and the Yunnan Lijiang Gucheng District Hehe Jiayuan Community Study Service Center jointly held a seminar for community-based service organizations. Nine representatives from seven community-based organizations implementing the Environmental Action Program participated in the seminar. Seminar organizers also invited officials from the community service division of the Lijiang City Gucheng District Poverty Alleviation Office, as well as local facilitators from Baoji Village – a local village in Lijiang that is participating in the Environmental Action Program – making for a total of 20 seminar participants. Together, the participants carried out dialogue and exchange on topics related to the Environmental Action Program. Read more.
On July 20th, 2013 the Badi Foundation, China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) and the NGO Research Center at the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management signed a three-year tripartite strategic cooperation agreement on the theme of “Institutional Capacity Building for Non-profit Organizations”, in the hope of contributing, however modestly,to the field of capacity building for civil society in China.
The agreement aims to enable the three parties to more widely share concepts, principles and methods for building institutional capacity in the field of civil society in China, and, on the basis of this experience, to gradually come up with a basic framework for “social innovation management”. With the understanding that development of institutional capacity in civil society organizations requires a complex and organic process, and on the basis of experience gained via the Badi Foundation’s Institutional Capacity Building program, the three parties will primarily collaborate to strengthen capacity building in civil society organizations in the following three areas: (i) strengthening social impact; (ii) strengthening institutional capacity and (iii) strengthening governance structures and systems.
The three parties will collaborate in this endeavor through carrying out trainings and seminars as well as preparing case studies. During the period of the strategic collaboration agreement, the parties will consult and decide upon the specific activities to be carried out each year.