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tonight: Non-Profit, Rural Development, Land Right, Microfinance in China

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  • mysniz
    Just a reminder that the meetup is on tonight. Wokai is interesting because it s similar to Kiva.org, but a very localized version, I guess. Because Chinese
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 7, 2009
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      Just a reminder that the meetup is on tonight.

      Wokai is interesting because it's similar to Kiva.org, but a very localized version, I guess.

      Because Chinese RMB can't be exchanged on free market, it's not easy for organizations to pay back micro-lenders in USD.

      --- In bay_area_fun_club@yahoogroups.com, "mysniz" <snowstorm@...> wrote:
      > See http://www.meetup.com/Business-in-China/calendar/11417802/ for complete details
      > Date: 10/7 7:00PM
      > Location: Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
      > 1200 Seaport Blvd
      > Redwood City, CA 94063
      > We are excited to have Casey Wilson from Wokai.org and Keliang Zhu from rdiland.org to talk about what they have been doing in China and how non-profit and microfinance in China are different from here.
      > Here are some of the topics that will be covered:
      > * what kind of challenges they face
      > * how to ensure money/aid goes to the right people?
      > * China is a huge country. What specific areas are targeted?
      > * Are there lots of donors in China? Traditionally, Chinese people don't have the habit of non-profit giving. They tend to give most after a major disaster(like the earthquake last year). Is there any effort undergoing to foster a culture of giving?
      > * how can people in the USA help?
      > Agenda:
      > 7:00 - 7:10 introduction
      > 7:10 - 7:40 presentation & interactive Q&A
      > 7:40 - 8:00 break & networking
      > 8:00 - 8:30 presentation & interactive Q&A
      > Speaker bio:
      > Keliang Zhu - Mr. Zhu is an attorney and East Asia Program Director of Rural Development Institute (RDI). He was born and raised in the countryside of southern China. He holds a Bachelor in Law (1996) from China Youth College for Political Sciences in Beijing and a Doctor in Jurisprudence (J.D.) (2000) from Willamette University College of Law (Salem, Oregon). From 2000 to 2004 Mr. Zhu was in private legal practice in Oregon with a specialization in land use and real estate. Since joining RDI in the summer of 2004, Keliang has accumulated substantial experience in conducting rural fieldwork, drafting legal and policy recommendations, and designing programs and initiatives to improve land rights for farmers in China and other eastern Asian countries. He has published major papers in both China and the U.S. on land property rights and is frequently quoted in media including the New York Times.
      > Casey Wilson is co-founder and CEO of Wokai.org, leading its business strategy and development, Field Partner due-diligence evaluation, and public outreach. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University a BA in Economics, focusing on economic development and its applications in China. Casey started Wokai in 2006 after studying at Qinghua University in Beijing, based on a vision to better the lives of China's rural poor, address the constraints limiting microfinance's widespread impact in China, while increasing international awareness for microfinance in China.
      > About the non-profit organizations:
      > Wokai, meaning "I Start", is a non-profit organization that enables Chinese people to lift themselves from poverty. Similar to Kiva.org, our website connects contributors worldwide with entrepreneurs in rural China to help them start small businesses. In China, approximately 200 million people live on less than $1 a day, and the income gap is one of the most severe among developing countries worldwide. Despite China's economic boom, rural residents still lack the basic infrastructure necessary for development. Microfinance, commonly defined as providing loans to poor people to help them start small businesses, offers one of the best solutions to global poverty. By empowering people to take control of their own lives, microfinance differs from the cycle of dependency created by previous methods of poverty alleviation. Wokai.org has been recently featured in Time, Newsweek, CNBC, MSNBC and the SF Chronicle.
      > Rural Development Institute (RDI) is a not-for-profit organization working to secure land rights for the world's poorest people. Land rights represent the single greatest asset for the rural poor, and is the basic foundation for food, security, status, and economic opportunity. For 40 years, RDI's legal professionals have worked with the governments of 45 developing countries, foreign aid agencies, and other partners to design and implement laws, policies and programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth and promote social justice. RDI is based in Seattle, with field offices and operations in India, China, Russia and sub-Sahara Africa. For more details, please visit www.rdiland.org.
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