Key Message: This is the overview report on social governance in 2012-2013.Over the past ten years, local governments in China carried out a good number of innovations in almost all the key areas of social governance. These are self improvement under the constraints of the existing system. The motivation comes from the desire to complete their responsibilities assigned by the higher level of governments. However, compared with the good practices in developed countries£¬there is still room for improvement in most of the local initiatives in China. It is recommended that the Central Government take a more active role in facilitating the local authorities to perfect their programs, learning from the good practices and adopt them across the country.