CSO capacity-building resources (Nov 2022)

TDDA materials supporting a whole-of-society approach to health security.


Health security strengthening needs a “whole of society” approach. To keep more people safe, community participation is essential, particularly in countries with limited resources.

CSO workshop participants with their certificates, Côte D'Ivoire, 2021

TDDA’s pioneering capacity-building initiative was designed to unlock the potential of civil society organizations (CSOs) to support government health security efforts.


We worked with ministries of health to train CSOs, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to support COVID vaccination programmes, as well preparing them for a wider role in health security for the longer term.


Across our five host countries we built the capacities of over 200 staff from more than 110 CSOs. Their participation is already helping to ensure health security interventions represent and serve the needs of even the most vulnerable and most marginalized people in society.


TDDA’s CSO capacity-building toolkit includes training modules, agendas, facilitator guides, presentation templates and other resources (in English and French). Topics include:

  • Overview of Health Security

  • COVID-19

  • Roles and responsibilities of CSOs

  • CSOs roles in Health Security

  • Health Equity and identifying at-risk populations

  • Addressing misinformation and vaccine hesitancy

  • Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)

  • RCCE planning

  • Roles for CSOs re COVID-19

  • Role of communities in RCCE

  • Interpersonal communication

  • RCCE strategy

If you would like more information about TDDA's collection of CSO capacity-building tools, please contact Dr. Charlotte Laurence, DAI Global Health Project Director. charlotte_laurence@dai.com


To find out more about this area of our work, read our detailed case study or watch our documentary about the growing partnership between CSOs and the government in Chad. Watch here