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Beijing, June 2009: Professor Karla Simon (front row, third from right) with Chinese government officials and the co-authors of "Outsourcing Social Services to CSOs: Lessons from Abroad."

Professor Karla Simon co-authors Report for Chinese Government

Catholic University School of Law Professor Karla Simon traveled to Beijing in early June to discuss the draft report "Outsourcing Social Services to CSOs: Lessons from Abroad," which has been prepared for China's Ministry of Civil Affairs.

She was accompanied on the trip by Dr. Leon Irish, president of the International Center for Civil Society Law (co-founded by Professor Simon), and Professor Lester Salamon of the Center on Civil Society at Johns Hopkins University.

Meetings about the report and its final direction were held at the World Bank's Beijing office and at the Ministry itself.

The three Americans also attended a meeting of the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) hosted by NGO Research Center of Tsinghua University. The association was founded in 1992 to promote China's civil society development and to provide an experience exchanging and information-sharing platform for Chinese NGOs. The meeting covered new developments in nonprofit organization law.

The final report has been prepared by professors Salamon and Simon and Dr. Irish. It will soon be available on the Web site of the World Bank. The report surveys outsourcing trends and practices worldwide, and contains 10 individual country studies. Its final section offers conclusions and recommendations based on actual practices in China and worldwide.