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Global Development Consultancy, Training & Resources

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What is TorqAid

TorqAid is an Australian-based global development consultancy which has operated since 1992. It offers a range of Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Community Engagement, Project Management, Capacity Building (Teaching & Training), and Resource & Networking services across Australia and overseas.  Its Directors, Chris and Marilyn Piper, are experienced Global Development Practitioners (GDPs), who have, between them, worked in the Asian-Pacific, Eastern and Southern African, Central American, US, European and Australian regions.

  • Consultancy

  • Training

  • Resources


Since 1992 TorqAid has facilitated over 110 accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops across Australia and overseas.  Since mid 2016, this service has been supplemented by an online accredited DRM program,  This consists of six modules, the first four of which (Mods 1, 2, 3a, 3b) relate to DRM issues; the fifth (Mod 4) to PPM; and the sixth (Mod 5) to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs).  The program has been reviewed for 2018, and a new brochure has been produced. Individuals can work through at their own pace, and there will be two main cohorts of students throughout the year, namely those studying from March-June, and then from August-November.    


Consultancies are primarily humanitarian focused.  They include the preparation for, response to, and recovery from, a range of hazards and potential disasters.

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Four main types of training are offered, namely:

  • On online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Program
  • Accredited DRM and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops for clients either across Australia or overseas
  • Practical workshops on Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), again either across Australia or overseas
  • Short training sessions on up to five key topics for stakeholders such as schools, churches, universities, NGOs, businesses and government departments


A useful ‘TorqAid Toolkit’ is available, as well as six key diagrams which clearly illustrate humanitarian and project management scenarios. 

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Humanitarian Issues

TorqAid facilitates a six module accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program, where the first four modules (Mods 1, 2, 3a & 3b) of this focus in on DRM (or humanitarian) issues.  This Humanitarian Issues blog links the reader into key DRM/humanitarian issues or articles which relate to this training program.  Also reported will be some of the latest updates on DRM/humanitarian issues from around the world.

Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

Module 5 of the TorqAid online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program relates to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with particular emphasis on the ongoing Syrian humanitarian crisis which has been occurring since 2011.  This blog therefore includes key articles which relate to Module 5 of the online DRM program, as well as to other relevant articles as they occur globally.

Participatory Project Management

Module 4 of the TorqAid online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program relates to Participatory Project Management (PPM).  This covers aspects such as the Project Management Cycle (PMC); the Project Design Document (PDD); and fantastically useful participatory tools such as the Ten Seed Technique (TST) and the Seasonal Calendar.