Source description last updated: 4 August 2021

In brief: Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian advocacy organisation with the aim of promoting religious freedom worldwide, seeking to influence governments on religious freedom issues.

Coverage on

Press Releases, Reports, Country Profiles.

Covered weekly on, for countries of priorities A-C.


“CSW seeks to challenge and change the laws, behaviours and policies which lead to abuses of the right to freedom of religion and belief.” (CSW: About CSW, undated)


Donations by individuals and organizations account for the largest part of the annual income. An additional source of income are grants, legacies and church fundraising.

“Our 2020 income was £2.271million. This was a 1.5% decrease over the 2019 income of £2.306million […].

CSW greatly appreciates the financial support it receives from individuals and organisations. […]

Our fundraising activities included direct mail and online appeals, a matched giving campaign, church fundraising and applications to trust and institutions. We also offered supporters more opportunities to give digitally, including donating as they shop online and through text giving.” (CSW: Annual Report 2020, 2021, p. 26)

Scope of reporting:

CSW is reporting on persecution because of religious belief and violations of religious freedom, with a focus on Christians.

“CSW’s team of specialist advocates work on over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East [...]” (CSW: About CSW, undated)


“Our teams regularly visit the countries we’re working on to gather first-hand evidence of violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief. [...] We regularly provide decision-makers in the UK parliament, United Nations, European Union and US Congress with accurate reports of freedom of religion or belief around the world. [...] We believe that to bring lasting change we must work with activists, journalists, religious leaders and partner NGOs in the countries on which we focus. [...] We challenge and encourage those in positions of power whose policies or actions can make a difference, to bring about change. We work extensively at the United Nations, and with the UK and US governments, the European Union and other regional and international bodies.” (CSW: About CSW, undated)

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