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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 4th September to 26th November. 


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


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

Online DRM Training Module Details

Whilst people can study the online DRM modules at any time, and at their own pace, we’re currently in a 12 week intensive where there is concentrated interaction between the participants and the facilitator.  The six modules (with links to their respective summaries) are:

  • Mod 1:  Key DRM issues Download
  • Mod 2: The Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC) Download
  • Mod 3:  The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram
  • Mod 4:  Risk Management
  • Mod 5:  Participatory Project Management (PPM)  Download
  • Mod 6:  Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with Syria as the main case study Download


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

Blog Post Categories

Humanitarian Issues

TorqAid facilitates a six module accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program, where the first four modules 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

The sixth and final module for 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 6 of the online DRM program, as well as to other relevant articles as they occur globally.

Participatory Project Management

The fifth module 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.