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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 services, training, and research.  Our main training now focuses on Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM), which can be delivered in both workshop and online formats.  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 course (running from mid July through to October) has also been running since 2016. Our 2023 PDRM training program has been reviewed, and this can be taught both as a workshop, and as an online course.  The PDRM consists of 7 topics, and, when accompanied by three assignment questions, is given Advanced Standing towards a number of Development Studies courses offered by a Western Australian university.


Humanitarian Consultancy & Advisory Services

The TorqAid Director currently has worked as a humanitarian consultant, adviser and researcher for a number of agencies across Australia and overseas.  His clientele has included NGOs, UN agencies, Government Departments, and other stakeholders.  His work has included involvement in both natural hazards and complex emergencies/crises, across the Disaster Risk Management Cycle.

Latest News

The Climate Book

The Climate Book is a new publication created by Ms Greta Thunberg. It covers 400 pages, and consists of five Parts, which together comprise 100 key articles written by global experts in the various fields covered. An ideal resource for development/humanitarian practitioners, tertiary/secondary students; and others involved or interested in climate change.


Our 2023 Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has now been developed. This is offered in both workshop and online formats to contracted client agencies. From early April individuals will be able to enrol in the online program which runs from mid July through to October.

TorqAid Toolkit

The TorqAid Toolkit for January-March 2023 is now complete. This includes details of the 2023 TorqAid PDRM training program, as well as useful separate Global Humanitarian & Development Agency Directory and Bibliography.

Humanitarian Training

Our main humanitarian training focuses around the accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program.  This can be delivered in two ways, either as a 3-5 day workshop, or as on online course for clients.  An online program will also be taught from mid July through to October 2023, with weekly Zoom teaching sessions at 8pm Melbourne time. Seven topics in all are covered in the PDRM.  See the Training Page for more details.


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.