Professional Code of Conduct

In our efforts to improve the quality of Canadian International Development Professionals in the eyes of the world, CAIDP has created a Professional Code of Conduct which we as an organization, and all our members abide by. These rules are used to guide our actions and ensure the quality of our work is never questioned.

Note that CAIDP members are obliged to have read the Professional Code of Conduct and must adhere to it at all times!

Any issue raised would be discussed by the Ethics, Governance and Privacy Committee. If action is deemed necessary, this will be brought to the attention of the Executive Committee, and will include options for dealing with the issue. If the Executive Committee agrees with the Ethics Committee, the recommended action will be submitted to the Board for a final decision.

Canadian Association of International Development Professionals


Professional Code of Conduct



The purpose of this Code is to identify the elements of professional conduct to which members of CAIDP commit themselves. These are intended to protect the client in particular and the public in general. The Code is also designed to identify clearly the expectations of members with respect to other members and the profession.



Members will maintain the highest standards of professional conduct and personal integrity in all their dealings with their clients and in all assignments they carry out. Members are specifically prohibited from any activity that would bring the profession of international development into disrepute, including but not limited to sexual harassment and sexual assault. In particular, they will:

  1. Compete with fairness and integrity, respecting the competence and work of others;

  2. In promoting their qualifications, avoid inaccuracies or misleading statements and refrain from adopting any method of obtaining business that detracts from the professional image of CAIDP or its members;

  3. Before accepting an assignment, reach a mutual understanding with the client as to the assignment objectives, scope, duration, work plan, costs and expected outputs;

  4. Give the client a clear understanding of the effect their other commitments and variables that may have an impact on their ability to carry out their obligations to the client;

  5. Not undertake assignments or make statements which may involve conflict of interest or which may compromise professional integrity or the interests of the client;

  6. Accept only those assignments that they know they are competent to perform, being forthright in making clear to clients any limits of their experience, capacity and knowledge in the area concerned or any interests which could have an impact on the performance of the assignment;

  7. Provide the contracted services at the best level of their abilities;

  8. Give the interests of the client highest priority, providing prompt, honest, objective and timely service;

  9. Not make recommendations for the procurement of goods or services to a client from which they may knowingly benefit directly;

  10. Treat all client information as confidential where necessary;

  11. Obey all applicable Canadian and local country laws and accept total responsibility for their actions;

  12. Undertake work without bias as to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or national origin;

  13. In carrying out any assignment, accept to have their performance evaluated according to an appropriate process and by a qualified person or persons.


You can download a copy of the Professional Code of Conduct here.