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Social Management

This cluster of research offers a unique perspective and insights from Singapore and China in governance of the social sector, social management and social policy. Research topics include but not limited to cross-border philanthropy, social sector governance, elder and palliative care, and poverty alleviation.

Governance and Management of the Philanthropy Sector


Team: Prof Liu Hong (PI), Dr Celia Lee, Dr Ma Sirui

This research in collaboration with the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) focuses on general trends of the philanthropy sector and current financial and socio-political environment in China; relevant regulatory frameworks pertaining to the philanthropy sector and cross-border giving to China.

To help overseas philanthropists navigate through regulatory environments and cultural differences when engaging in philanthropy activities in China, APC has partnered with CIPSI at Renmin University of China, and NCPA to develop the guide "Giving to China – A Guide for Asian Philanthropists" (English and Chinese versions) to address the philanthropic concerns of APC's members based in Singapore, and to serve the wider philanthropic community in the region through a better understanding of the philanthropy developments in China.​

Social Policies on Ageing, Pensions, Social Security and Eldercare


Team: Prof Liu Hong (PI), Dr Huang Lingli, Dr Wang Tingyan

Global aging is a demographic transformation phenomenon that is virtually reshaping every dimension of economy and society over the next few decades. This area of research examines and compares social policies relating to ageing, pensions and social security in Singapore and China to inform policymakers in all areas to address increasing demand for eldercare; maintain fiscal control over social and health care expenditures; evaluate poverty alleviation strategies; and respond to changes caused by ageing population and society stratification.

Forum on “Policies and Practices of Eldercare System – Perspectives from China and Singapore” (26 March 2018)​

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