Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide


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Helping all segments of society gain access to community resources and government services will allow them to participate fully in China's growth.

The Regional Context

The extraordinary transformation of China's economy, society and standing in the world during recent years has brought new challenges. The focus on economic growth has led to stark disparities in wealth, status and the ability to access resources and opportunity. To meet these challenges, the country is shifting to a model of balanced and sustainable growth.

The existing disparities heighten the vulnerability of marginalized groups. Women face intensified discrimination in the modern marketplace. Migrant workers, people in rural communities and minority groups have fewer opportunities than others to share in the benefits of China's transformation.

Our Goal

The goal of our work is to develop the social sector and help marginalized groups access opportunities and resources.

By supporting research entities, civil society organizations and government institutions that share in this goal, we help disadvantaged people and communities participate as partners in China's development and help them gain essential resources to combat poverty, inequality and discrimination.

What We're Doing

Our work seeks systemwide improvements for disadvantaged groups. We focus on helping poor communities, women, migrants, minorities and other groups to:

  • Utilize the developing justice system
  • Retain access to sustainable natural resources
  • Make informed choices about their families and careers
  • Complete their school and college studies
  • Engage with government agencies
  • Access the services they need through civil society organizations

Our grant making in the region is pursued through the following initiatives.

Issue Initiative
Democratic and Accountable Government
Human Rights
Sustainable Development
Educational Opportunity and Scholarship
Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice

From the Library

  • China brochureFord Foundation China For more than 30 years, the foundation's China office has been supporting institutions and individuals who work to build a robust, inclusive and equitable society. Today, we help develop a strong social sector that will serve as the foundation for reducing poverty, addressing inequality and creating opportunities for marginalized communities to have a greater voice and contribute to the common good of the society. 2 MB

Regional Office



  • Elizabeth Knup
  • He Jin
  • Susie Jolly
  • Zongmin Li
  • Katherine Wilhelm


Ford Foundation
International Club Office Building
Suite 501
Jianguomenwai Dajie No. 21
Beijing, China 100020

+86 10 6532 6668
+86 10 6532 5495

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