Global Development Consultancy, Training & Resources
What is TorqAid
We’re a participatory humanitarian practice which focuses in on Consultancy work, Training and Research. This Home Page summarises our five key Strengths. Firstly, like many contemporary colleagues, we combine a rich experience of overseas humanitarian practice with Australian-based Emergency Management work. We also have a small cadre of experienced Global Humanitarian Practitioners (GHPs) with whom we share advice and ideas. Secondly, disasters are complex events, and over the years we have developed four key diagrams which express these patterns. A DRM Framework article explaining this can be found in our Resources Page. Thirdly, we’ve incorporated this experience into a Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) training program, which is delivered in both workshop and online formats. Fourthly, we’ve developed, and update quarterly, both a Global Humanitarian and Development Bibliography and a similar Aid Directory. These are included in our TorqAid Toolkit. Fifthly, we endeavour to make our work ’participatory’. We fine-tune our training programs and diagrams from comments made by field practitioners and students. We also utilise the Ten Seed Technique (TST) ranking tool to dig down deep into hearing and understanding a community’s strengths and challenges.
HUMANITARIAN TRAINING 2024
TorqAid has been facilitating accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops since 2002, both across Australia and overseas. Altogether a total of over 110 PDRM & PPM workshops have been facilitated in this time period. An online accredited PDRM course has also been running since 2016. For both the workshop and online program, the PDRM consists of ten topics. For those otherwise eligible candidates seeking Advanced Standing, three assignment questions also have to be succesfully answered.
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.
Our main humanitarian training focuses around the accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program. This is delivered both as a workshop or as an online course for clients. Ten topics in all are covered in the PDRM. Our annual online 2024 PDRM program is being taught from the 26 February through to the 7 June 2024, with weekly Zoom teaching sessions held at 8pm Melbourne time on a Thursday over a ten week period. See the Training Page for more details.