Humanitarian Consultancy and Training
(Photo: Anglican Overseas Aid/Iuma Bani)
What is TorqAid
TorqAid is an Australian-based international development consultancy which has operated since 1992. It offers a range of humanitarian, development and training services across Australia and overseas. Its Directors, Chris and Marilyn Piper, are experienced humanitarian and development practitioners and trainers, who have worked in the Asian-Pacific region; Eastern and Southern Africa; Central America; the US; Europe and Australia. TorqAid is also supported by the TorqAid Advisory Team (TAT), which is a pool of sectoral and country/regional experts.
ONLINE DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT (DRM) TRAINING
Are you interested in enrolling in our accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program ? This now consists of six modules, four relating to DRM; one to Participatory Project Management (PPM); and the sixth one to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), using the Syrian crisis as a key example. When accompanied by a follow-up assignment, this DRM receives tertiary-level accreditation. Whilst you are welcome to work through the material at your own pace, you might want to consider also joining our twelve week ‘intensives’, when a cohort of students are encouraged to closely dialogue with each other in the forums. We currently have students who are wrapping up the intensive we’ve been running in the latter part of 2016. We then we have two intensives planned for 2017 (6th Feb – 28th April; and 7th Aug – 27th Oct).
Consultancies are primarily humanitarian focussed. They include the preparation for, response to, and recovery from, a range of hazards and potential disasters.
As well as separately teaching at university and in schools, accredited training is offered in two main subjects; Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM).
Upcoming Training Dates
Our online DRM program (consists of six modules) is now up and running, with a number of students/participants wrapping up the 2016 ‘intensive’. New people are able to join at any time, to work through the material on a self-paced study process. Our first twelve-week intensive for 2017 commences on the 6th February, with a second one starting in early August 2017.
Blog Post Categories
Chris has recently completed a five month contract in Vanuatu supporting the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM). His role as DRM Adviser assisted ACOM as it recovers both from the March 2015 Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam, and responds to the 2015/16 el Nino drought. From Nov 2014-May 2015, Chris was DRM Adviser to the Kingdom of Tongas’s National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO).
TorqAid provides pro-bono humanitarian advice and leadership to the Syrian Community (SC)/Humanitarian Community (HC) Forum, which meets regularly in Melbourne. The Forum closely monitors the humanitarian situation across the Middle East, and supports the Syrian diaspora in Melbourne as it prepares to welcome some of the shortly to be arriving 12,000 Syrian refugees.
Essential Resources for Practitioners
TorqAid both develops practical tools which can be used in the international humanitarian and development sectors, and also monitors humanitarian and development resources produced both within Australia and internationally. Examples of these will be included in this blog.