TorqAid was established in 1992 to provide a range of consultative and training/facilitation services to humanitarian and community development practitioners working in both Australia and overseas. It currently offers support in project management; community development (CD) and disaster risk management (DRM); training/facilitation; mentoring; and development research and publication. Consultancy services in the CD/DRM sectors have been carried out in multiple locations across the Asian-Pacific; Southern and East African; and Southern European regions.
TorqAid training has mainly focussed in on the facilitation of accredited Participatory Project Management (PPM) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) workshops, and, by Jan 2015, a total of over 90 of these courses have been delivered in both Australia and overseas since 2002. Both workshops are accredited at postgraduate level with four Australian universities. Chris teaches at Charles Sturt University, whilst Marilyn does similar work at Deakin University.
The two key TorqAid Directors are Chris and Marilyn Piper
Chris Piper (MICD)
Chris is a multi-skilled development/humanitarian practitioner and qualified trainer/facilitator, who has worked extensively across the Australian, Asian-Pacific, Eastern & Southern Africa, and European regions. He is a member of the Australian Civilian Corps (as a Disaster Risk Reduction = DRR specialist); the Australian Institute of Emergency Services; and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection.
Marilyn Piper (MPH)
Marilyn is a Public Health Nutritionist, who has worked in Australia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan (Darfur), Zimbabwe, and Belize. She is a member of the Nutrition Society of Australia; Public Health Association of Australia; and Emergency Nutrition Network.