Swift and steep economic growth has made China the world’s second largest economy. The growth sustained over three decades remained strong during the recent global financial crisis. But not all have benefited from this prosperity, especially in rural areas; China has the second largest number of consumption-poor in the world after India and gaping social inequalities persist. Despite its rapid modernization, political authoritarianism and repression prevail in China. The government has made tackling rural poverty and creating a “harmonious society” key priorities, with a focus on social protection, education and health.

In a much more modest and low-key fashion, the Casa Ricci Social Services Foundation strives to create a more “harmonious society” in China by helping poor and marginalized communities achieve sustainable social and economic well-being and self-sufficiency.