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Chris Piper, the senior TorqAid trainer, is a practising secondary education teacher, university lecturer, and trained adult educator. By early 2016, TorqAid had facilitated over 110, mainly accredited, Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops, both across Australia and overseas.


Are you interested in enrolling in our accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program? This consists of six modules, four relating to DRM; one to Participatory Project Management (PPM); and the final one to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with Syria 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.  The two intensives for 2017 run from 6th March – 28th May; and from 7th August – 27th October. 

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Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

DRM workshops have been facilitated across Australia, and in Vanuatu, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the UK, Madagascar and South Africa. Five DRM subject areas are covered, namely Key DRM Issues; the Disaster Risk Management Cycle; Risk Management and Disaster Risk Reduction; Participatory Project Management; and Syria, as a Complex Humanitarian Emergency example. Case studies include tropical cyclones and drought in the Pacific; bush fires in Australia; and the Syrian situation.

A Community Based Disaster Risk  Management (CBDRM) manual has also been designed for use in the field.

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PPM workshops have been facilitated across Australia (urban, rural and remote) and in Fiji, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Afghanistan and Albania.

The heart of the PPM is the TorqAid Project Management Cycle, particularly its Planning, Implementation, and Post-implementation Stages.

A toolbox of simple, practical participatory tools for use in the field is also included.

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