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Global Development Consultancy, Training & Resources


What is TorqAid

We’re an Australian-based global humanitarian and development consultancy which has operated since 1992. We offer a range of humanitarian consultancy and advisory services; Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) training; and humanitarian research. Our two Directors are Chris and Marilyn Piper, both experienced Global Humanitarian and Development Practitioners, who have, between them, worked in the Asian-Pacific, Eastern and Southern African, Central American, US, European and Australian regions.

  • Consultancy

  • Training

  • Resources


TorqAid has been facilitating accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops since 2002, both across Australia and overseas.  An online accredited PDRM program has also been running since 2016. Other training offered includes a series of 1 hour training sessions, based on key PDRM and PPM topics, and delivered either face-to-face, or online.

 The 2021 PDRM program is running from the 26th July through to the 5th November, and details of this can be found on the Training Page link.

Humanitarian Consultancy & Advisory Services

The TorqAid Director currently works as Global Humanitarian Adviser (GHA) for a small number of agencies. Over and above this, consultancy work relating to the preparation for; response to;  and recovery from, a range of hazards and potential disasters is also on offer.

Latest News

Understanding Afghanistan

We have a new ‘Understanding Afghanistan’ Summary Sheet which focuses on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, particularly since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August 2021. This has been updated to October 2021. Afghanistan is covered, as a Complex Emergency/Crisis case study, in both the online PDRM program, and as a topic in the Humanitarian Short Course (SC) program.


TorqAid produces a three page Summary Sheet on Covid-19, with the latest version updated for Oct 2021. This includes details of the latest (Oct 2021) IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) report entitled ‘Recovery during a Pandemic’.

Short Courses

TorqAid offers a Humanitarian Short Course (SC) program, covering a number of topics, from August through to the end of October. The remaining three in October, namely Yemen (13th Oct); the DRR diagram & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 20th Oct; and Climate Change & the road to COP 26 (27th Oct) have now been financially discounted 50%.


Three main types of training are offered.  See the Training Page for more details:

  • Online accredited PDRM.  The teaching component of the current program is running from the 26 July through to the 5 November 2021. Five modules (12 topics) are taught for an hour at 8pm every Wednesday evening Melbourne time.
  • A series of twelve short 1 hour training sessions on key issues covered in the PDRM and PPM.  Teaching sessions on these run currently with PDRM lessons on Wednesday evenings.
  • Accredited PDRM and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops for clientele across Australia or overseas


The TorqAid Toolkit is a fantastic compendium of humanitarian and development resources for both the practitioner and interested individual.

Student Resources

Humanitarian Issues

The first three modules of the Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program focus on Key DRM Issues; Recent Global Disasters; and Risk Management. Articles from around the world relating to these will be included in this blog.

Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

Module 5 of the accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program relates to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs). The key emphasis here will be the Rohingya Situation of Concern, as well as the Severe Humanitarian Crises in Syria, the Yemen, and Afghanistan.

Participatory Project Management

Module 4 of the accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program focuses on practical issues 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.