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).
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.
At the invitation of the Badi Foundation, a delegation of seven members from the Wuyi County Education Bureau in Hebei Province visited Badi Foundation’s School of the Nations in Macau S.A.R. from May 14th to 17th, 2013. Members of the delegation included Education Bureau Director Mr. Su Fuzhen, Education Bureau Deputy Director Zhang Xichun,principals of three local middle schools, and two members of the Wuyi Puguang Moral Empowerment Through Language Program Team, which collaborates with the Badi Foundation. Read more.
The Tianshui Junior Youth Empowerment Development Center in Gansu province was registered under the Civil Affairs Bureau of Tianshui City on 25th April, 2013. With the authorization of the supervising department, the organization will carry out junior youth moral training, English training, community service projects and trainings for teachers and volunteers. It is the eighth community-based organizations collaborating with the Badi Foundation that has officially registered as a non-profit organization in China. The Tianshui Junior Youth Empowerment Development Center has been carrying out Moral Empowerment Through English program in its local area since 2009, where it collaborates with two middle schools and has junior youth groups in two communities. Up to now, more than 200 junior youth have participated in the Center’s program. The organization has received much support and encouragement from the local educational departments and collaborating schools. Going forward, the organization will continue to strengthen its collaborations with the local schools and educational departments in its efforts to contribute to the balanced development of the local community.
At the invitation of the Badi Foundation, a delegation of 7 teachers from the Jinhong Middle School and Suolu Junior Youth English Training Center in Gucheng District, Lijiang, Yunnan Province visited the School of the Nations in Macau S.A.R. The Suolu Junior Youth English Training Center is one of the community-based organizations the Badi Foundation is collaborating with in Lijiang, where it carries out Moral Empowerment Through English program. The Center started working with Jinhong Middle School in 2010, and have developed a good relationship since the program commenced in the school. Read more
The Badi Foundation’s Beijing Representative Office successfully held a dialogue and exchange meeting on “Developing Moral Capabilities in Rural Junior Youth for Advancing Community Development ” on the afternoon of January 30, 2013 in Beijing. 26 representatives from 14 collaborating Community Based Organizations implementing Junior Youth Moral Empowerment through English program attended the seminar. Also participating were the founders of Badi Foundation, Mr. Bijian Farid and Mrs. Sheedvash Farid, and some of the foundation’s collaborators from the government, non-profit organizations, academic fields and charitable organizations to share ideas, experiences and learning on the subject of promoting capacity building for grass-roots social organizations and other related subjects. Read more.
Guangdong Zhuhai Rui En Junior Youth Empowering Development Center, which is in collaboration with Badi Foundation, has officially registered as a private non-enterprise unit at the Civil Affairs Bureau of Zhuhai City. The Center carries out Junior Youth Moral Empowerment and English Education Program in Zhuhai area, learning how to accompany junior youth in the process of developing life-long spiritual qualities and healthy ways of thinking and behaving. The success of this registration is attributed to the newly published “Articles on Further Development and Regulation of the Management of Social Organizations in Guangdong Province”, which states that starting July 1, 2012, the previous supervising unit of the operations of social organizations will be changed to guiding unit, and social organizations can apply to the Civil Affairs Bureau directly for registration without first going through supervising unit for approval and then apply to registration managing departments. Up to now, seven organizations supported by Badi Foundation have officially registered as private non-enterprise unit.
Badi Foundation senior program officer Zhou Peng was invited by China Association for NGO Cooperation to conduct a training on program monitoring and evaluation at Chengdu “I You She” Community Cultural Development Centre on November 5, 2012. About 20 staff members and volunteers from the Centre attended the training. At the training, the participants discussed specific methods and skills for evaluation, and also examined the significance of the conceptual framework from which the question of evaluation is approached, asking questions such as what our attitudes should be towards the potential of members of our community, how to help participants be actively involved in evaluation and how to make sure that spiritual principles such as respect, equality and unity are reflected in evaluation. As a grassroots community organization that aims to promote the city’s community development, the Centre has gained rich experience in the past 2 years. In the training, the participants gained a basic understanding of some concepts and principles mentioned above for monitoring and evaluation, and are eager to apply them in their work in the next three months.
Badi Foundation chief representative Shareen Ahmed Farhad and senior program officer Zhou Peng officially initiated the preliminary research and evaluation of an institutional capacity building program at The Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center Beijing on November 7, 2012. Badi Foundation Beijing Representative Office has been involved in promoting the establishment and development of grassroots social organizations since 2005. We have found some basic methods to help build institutional capacity and gained some experience through actions and reflections in the past 7 years. In 2012, at the recommendation of China Association for NGO Cooperation, we tried to carry out some trainings and educational activities at The Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center Beijing to help build its capacity. The Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center is one of the first non-profit organizations that aimed to promote the equality of women and women’s psychological health in China. At the stage of preliminary research and evaluation, we have consulted with 13 staff members from the organization, including chairman of board of directors, executive director and the founder of the organization, about their experience and challenges. For the next stage, we are going to work out a training plan for the next step according to the needs of The Maple Center and share with them the experience and methods we have gained.