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Humanitarian Consultancy and Training

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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.

  • Consultancy

  • Training

  • Resources


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.  These 2017 intensives run from 6th March – 28th May; and then from 7th August to 27th October.. 


Consultancies are primarily humanitarian focused.  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 (consisting 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 6th March, with a second one starting in early August 2017.


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

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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’ 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 within Australia and internationally.  Examples of these will be included in this blog.