Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

South-South and Triangular Cooperation Featured Partner

About CASS

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is the premier academic organization and comprehensive research center of the People’s Republic of China in the fields of philosophy and social sciences.

CASS was established in May 1977 replacing the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Hu Qiaomu was the first president accredited to CASS. Professor Xie Fuzhan is the current president.

CASS is now made up of 41 research institutes and 179 research centers across 300 sub-disciplines, which carry out research activities covering nearly all sub-disciplines. At present, CASS has more than 4,200 staff members in total, of which more than 3,200 are professional researchers.

Conducting broad international academic exchange remains one of CASS’s guidelines, and this has gained pace in recent years. The number of scholars participating in academic exchanges has gone from dozens of people divided into 10 batches in 1979, to over 4,100 people divided into 1398 batches in 1995. In the meanwhile, CASS has established a constructive relationship with over 200 research organizations, academic communities, institutions of higher learning, foundations and related government departments, covering more than 80 countries and regions.

How CASS is Promoting South-South & Triangular Cooperation

CASS, through its Bureau of International Cooperation, undertakes a variety of initiatives to promote South-South and Triangular cooperation for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Key activities include: 1) Organize people-to-people visits and training programs to deepen South-South academic exchanges; 2) Cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with academic institutions in developing countries; 3) Publish and distribute academic works in Chinese and English on the co-construction of the Belt and Road Initiative by Europe and Asia; 4) Strengthen exchanges on state governance and share empirical experience in poverty reduction; 5) Focus on the status of international hotspot areas and explore humanitarian aid programs. Read more below.

1. Organize people-people visits and training programs to deepen South-South academic exchanges

4. Strengthen exchanges on state governance and share empirical experience in poverty reduction

2. Cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with academic institutions in developing countries

5. Focus on the status of international hotspot areas and explore humanitarian aid programs

3. Publish and distribute academic works in Chinese and English on the co-construction of the Belt and Road Initiative by Europe and Asia

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

CASS “Case Studies of Targeted Poverty Reduction & Alleviation in 100 Villages

Starting from 2006, CASS launched projects of comprehensive national surveys, based on the understanding that solid research should be evidence and data-based. By organizing and implementing research projects, establishing research bases, a large number of scholars from CASS have carried out extensive and in-depth investigations and gone deep into the frontline of practice, studying major theoretical and practical issues faced by the country’s economic and social development. “Case Studies of Targeted Poverty Reduction and Alleviation in 100 Villages” is one of the feature projects, with broad and in-depth participation of almost all research institutes of CASS, led by the CASS Vice President. Based on interdisciplinary perspectives, it provides good practices, policies, and research products, combining theoretical and practical researches.

    The project actively responds to the strategic deployment of targeted poverty reduction and alleviation made by the Chinese government. It gave full play to the knowledge and scientific research resources of CASS as a national think tank and academic institution, gathered superior human and material resources, and conducted fieldwork in more than 100 villages nationwide, which are selected based on sampling method.

    By 2020, the series of “Case Studies of Targeted Poverty Reduction and Alleviation in 100 Villages” was officially released, including a general report, a case volume, and 78 village reports. The large-scale series covers most provinces in the country, involving various types of poverty-stricken villages, and also presents different forms of poverty alleviation paths, providing vivid dotted cases for China to achieve the goal of poverty alleviation by 2020. It also presents the practice of poverty alleviation in provinces and regions and provides a reference for consolidating the achievements of poverty alleviation and connecting with rural revitalization effectively.

      In partnership with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, CASS has started to share the knowledge products based on the “Case Studies of Targeted Poverty Reduction and Alleviation in 100 Villages” on South-South Galaxy, the global digital knowledge sharing and partnership brokering platform.

      From 2022, CASS will select some excellent reports and cases of the series for multilingual publication, share China’s experience in poverty alleviation worldwide, contribute China’s wisdom to the realization of sustainable development goals, and help the world meet the challenges of sustainable development.