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Ethics and International Development in the Age of COVID-19

Date of the event

Join the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP) on July 9 for a discussion on ethics and international development in the age of COVID-19.  A group of leading evaluation, security and risk management experts from the sector will share what the COVID-19 crisis has meant for their organization, their staff and the people they serve.  They will provide a practical perspective on the challenges COVID-19 poses and will explore what has worked - and what has not - as they have wrestled with how to manage the complex security challenges. They will share what keeps them up at night and why they are optimistic about the positive impacts our industry can make in the short and long-term.


The webinar will be in English.

July 9, 2020

10:00 - 11:00 EDT


Jennifer Denomy is MEDA’s Technical Director for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.  In this role, she develops and leads MEDA's strategy to promote increased economic inclusion for excluded populations, particularly youth, women and rural populations.  She provides technical leadership on sustainable economic growth, social and economic inclusion, private sector facilitation, organizational capacity building, market and gender assessments. Recently, she managed GROW (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women), a value chain project in northern Ghana which improved food security and economic empowerment for over 23,000 women.  Countries of work experience include Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Uganda, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mongolia and Afghanistan.





Lawrence Tucker-Gardiner, Cowater’s Vice President of Risk Management, has over 20 years’ experience in the international governance, development, and humanitarian sectors, with the Australian Government, United Nations and International NGOs. With over 10 years’ experience in the Middle East, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and Central Asia, Lawrence has pioneered conflict sensitivity through analysis and integrated risk management approaches in project design. Most notably Lawrence was the founder and Director of Safety and Security Committee for Lebanon (SSCL), an integrated risk management platform serving over 100 stakeholders involved in the Syria response with analysis, coordination, capacity building and security training. Most recently Lawrence has been the global security risk management lead for several international development consultancies, bringing international best practice and intelligent design approaches to the traditional fields of safety and security. For Lawrence COVID-19 has created both the challenge and opportunity of building institutional acceptance of risk management approaches to an emerging risk.





Scott Ruddick is Director of Global Security with MEDA.  He is a Board-certified security professional with fifteen years of experience. Scott has extensive international experience, with considerable operational exposure throughout Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East.   Since January, Scott has been leading MEDA’s response to the COVID crisis.  Scott is also the founder of the COVID Pandemic Canadian NGO Security Roundtable, which brings together the heads of security for aid and development NGOS across Canada to facilitate the sharing of information and resources relating to the COVID outbreak.






Dana Peebles has 39 years’ experience in international development.  She has an MA in International Development - Labour and Gender Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and is based in Hamilton, Canada. She is the founder and Director of Kartini International, an award-winning social enterprise that specializes in gender equality and human rights services, evaluation and youth programming. Her gender work has focused on institutional gender mainstreaming and social change management as well as women’s economic empowerment and inclusive design. Ms. Peebles has also served as evaluation Team Leader for 11 complex, multi-country evaluations and as the sole evaluator or team member for an additional 16 evaluations. She has also conducted multiple workshops on Results Based Management and has worked in close to 50 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean She speaks fluent English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of French and bahasa Indonesia. She also has substantial experience working with multilateral agencies (primarily UN), CSOs, IFIs, and bilateral cooperation agencies in both developmental and post-conflict contexts. She is the Recipient of 2000 CIDA International Cooperation Award for Gender Equality Achievement and the 2008 International Alliance of Women inaugural Making a Difference 100 Award.