The China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) is a non-profit membership organization operating nationwide. CANGO was founded in 1992. By the end of 2010, CANGO had 142 member organizations. CANGO is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. At the beginning of 2010, CANGO gained the honorary title “National Advanced Social Organization” by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Since its founding, CANGO has developed relations with 172 foreign NGOs as well as bilateral multilateral organizations. By the end of December 2010, CANGO had raised a total of RMB 512 million from 87 donor agencies for project implementation. The local matching fund reached a total of RMB 320 million. Almost 102 countries from 30 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities were involved in the projects. In addition, CANGO uses available resources to participate in international events, enhance the communication with foreign NGOs, participate in regional NGO communications and cooperation, and improve the social functions of NGOs in China.
The future task and direction for CANGO will be to promote China’s civil society development and to provide a platform for exchange of experiences and information-sharing for Chinese NGOs. CANGO will continue its work in Central and Western China with a strong focus on environmental protection and capacity building. CANGO will broaden the cooperation channels with government, businesses, NGOs and research institutes, and pay more attention to balanced economic and social development.
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