Overseas NGOs, Foundations, and COVID in China

Using a Securitized Framework in a Time of Crisis


This article, written by Mark Sidel, Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explores China’s tumultuous past of navigating overseas funding and aid during times of crisis. It compares this history to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and related constraints. The article also examines the 2020 Overseas NGO Law, which requires foreign NGOs to undergo a double approval process before being allowed to function within China. This resulted in a securitized framework that allowed quick vetting of foreign NGOs and funneled their work through approved domestic partners.

Read the full article on the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises website.