Community Investment and Inclusion Fund
In the 2001 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced the setting up of the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF). Thanks to the support of project teams and collaborators from various sectors of the community, CIIF has reaped great returns for its strenuous efforts in terms of countless candid smiles, neighbourhood friendship as well as unconditional love and care through mutual help, which cannot be measured in pecuniary terms. There is no doubt that mutual trust and help among people is a very important social capital, which is a key driver for the development of a modern society. It is exactly this human touch that enables us to tide over every hurdle and build up the city’s soft power of social capital.
Social Capital – Resilience and Sustainable Reciprocity
CIIF has actively responded to various social challenges in Hong Kong since its establishment, taking the long-term social benefits into consideration. CIIF’s achievements in social capital building have been widely recognised over the community:
Differences that We Made
CIIF has "created ever more differences" with the concerted efforts made by its project teams and collaborators. It successfully established different social capital development models. Some are also developed in response to the inter-generational poverty and provide alternative solutions:
- "Community-Welfare-Housing" collaboration establishes a safe and friendly community
Through close collaboration among social welfare organisations, the Hong Kong Housing Society/the Hong Kong Housing Authority and mutual aid committees, local residents are trained up to serve as house captains to take care of needy residents in the neighbourhood with a view to building a safe and friendly community.
- "Community-School-Family" collaboration constructs a family-supportive network bolstered by the community
Primary and secondary schools within the community open up their campuses, offering services and school facilities to families in need as well as prompting community members and families to participate in community affairs, thereby empowering the communities to support families.
- "Community-Welfare-Medical collaboration" builds the elderly/patient care network
Community clinics are created by a joint collaboration among social welfare organisations, the medical and health sector and local groups, disseminating healthcare information to the community. This contributes to the formation of a mutual help network for the wellness of residents in respect of their body, heart and mind, effectively relieving the pressure on caregivers and those being cared.
- "Community-Residents-Business-Government" collaboration builds a cross-generational relationship
Social welfare organisations enlist partners from various sectors to bridge the gap between the young and the old, and promote reciprocity and mutual trust between the two generations, thereby building a cross-generational mutual help network through, for instance, forming cross-generational service (such as cleaning, maintenance and after school care) teams, cross-generational neighbourhood visitation teams, etc.
- "Community-Business-Government" collaboration fosters social integration
Through co-operation among social welfare organisations, the business sector and government departments, communication and collaboration platforms are built for ethnic minorities and new arrivals. This bolsters their participation in community affairs and increases opportunities for role transformation, such as becoming cultural exchange tour guides, enabling them to contribute to the creation of a harmonious and inclusive community.
- "Residents-Business-School-Government" collaboration builds a youth employment and life navigation network
Through close collaboration among the business sector, the academic sector and government departments, a platform is built to provide the youth with internships and employment opportunities by the business sector. Most importantly, cross-sectoral volunteers are mobilised to serve as life mentors to help youngsters rise to various challenges ahead.
In the 2018 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that the Government would, through the CIIF, fund community network building projects, with the aim to regularise the support service for the new estate community to facilitate the integration of new residents and families into the community as soon as possible.See 2017
The Government injected an additional $300 million into the CIIF.See 2016
With the rapid ageing of our population, there is growing concern about the possible challenges faced by the elderly. The CIIF launched two successive batches of funding applications related to the elderly, encouraging the community to strengthen the elderly support networks.See 2015
In the 2015 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that the CIIF would plan to deploy resources in the next few years to build mutual help networks among residents of new public rental housing estates. In the same year, the CIIF launched a batch of funding applications on the theme of “New Communities New Networks”.See 2013
The Government injected an additional $200 million into the CIIF.See 2012
The City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) were commissioned to conduct an evaluation study of the CIIF. The study affirmed the CIIF’s effectiveness in promoting social capital development in Hong Kong. In particular, the report submitted by the PolyU indicated that the CIIF’s projects were successful in fostering mutual trust and acceptance among residents from different backgrounds, as well as in building neighbourhood support networks, etc.See 2011
The CIIF presented a special fund application theme on "Building Safe and Friendly Community Networks", under which communities were encouraged to adopt the strategy of "House Captain" with a view to training up residents to serve as house captains for promoting mutual help in the neighbourhood.See 2009
Under the impact of the financial tsunami, self-resilience and mutual help were adopted as the themes of two successive batches of CIIF applications, under which all sectors were encouraged to participate in the community to foster the spirit of mutual help and mutual benefits.See 2008
In 2008, serious domestic tragedies in Tin Shui Wai prompted the CIIF to fund 13 social capital development projects, reaching the highest number of projects approved for one single district over the years.See 2006
An Evaluation Consortium, formed by research teams led by scholars from five tertiary institutions, conducted a comprehensive assessment of more than 50 CIIF-funded projects. The findings affirmed effectiveness of the funded projects in enhancing personal capacity, promoting community networks and fostering cross-sectoral collaboration.See 2003
The outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic caused widespread panic. The first batch of CIIF-funded projects was launched to promote the spirit of social capital such as solidarity in the community and mutual support in the neighbourhood.See 2001
The Government announced an allocation of $300 million to establish the CIIF in 2002.Back to CIIF Now