Session - Increasing Peril: Trends in Security For Aid and Development Professionals

International Cooperation Days 2015: "Universal Goals, Canadian Challenges"

Palais des Congrès, Place Du Centre, Boulevard Maisonneuve, Gatineau, Quebec

Session: Increasing Peril: Trends in Security For Aid and Development Professionals
Time/Date: May 14, 15:00 am to 16:30
Room: TBC
Speakers: Scott Ruddick
Objective: Kidnap. Assault. Disease. Robbery. Conflict. Improvised explosive devices. Road hazards - the risks that international development professionals are facing is increasing exponentially.  2014 set a new record for violence against civilian aid operations, with both the numbers of attacks on humanitarian operations and the victims they claimed reaching their highest point since data has been collected.

In this session, we’ll hear from a humanitarian aid security expert who will
   i. outline the recent trends in risks to aid/development professionals
   ii. explore best practices in aid security management systems and security and safety training.

This session will also introduce an exciting new initiative from CAIDP to provide high quality, accessible and affordable security training to the development profession in Canada. 

Documents: Presentation File


Scott Ruddick is Director, Security Services with MEDA. An interdisciplinary security professional who specializes in humanitarian aid, he brings 15 years of experience in conflict and at-risk zones, across five continents. Scott is an engaging presenter with an in-depth knowledge of current trends in aid and development security.

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates –, is a Canadian based international aid organization made up of compassionate women and men who invest in people living in poverty around the world so they can unleash their potential to earn a livelihood to provide for their families and enrich their communities.