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Public satisfaction on information transparency increases: report


11:02, January 06, 2013

BEIJING, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese people are increasingly satisfied with information transparency of the country's charity groups, according to a 2012 charity report on Saturday.

However, the majority still remain dissatisfied.

The report, by the China Charity and Donation Information Center (CCDIC), shows that 61 percent of the people surveyed are dissatisfied with the levels of information being released in 2012. The figure was 92 percent in 2011.

"The public has high expectations to charity information transparency," said Liu Youping, vice director with the CCDIC.

Liu said people paid most attention to concrete work done by public charity groups, as well as knowing about the sources of donated money and how it was spent.

The report also surveyed 500 public charity organizations in the country to assess their levels of releasing information, and the average score was 45.1 out of 100 points, up 12.1 points, or 46 percent, from 2011.

A total of 20 organizations scored above 80 points, 82 between 60 and 80 points, and 398 organizations scored under 60 points.

The report suggested the government should establish a uniform standard of charity information, and set up a mechanism for awards and punishment.

Charity groups should also be operated under the supervision of the government, enterprises, media and the public, the report said.

Xu Jianzhong, an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, said that the ministry is drafting guidelines for developing charitable causes and will urge groups to take further steps to improve information transparency.

The CCDIC is a non-governmental organization and has researched charity donations and issued annual reports since 2008.

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