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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 short 1 hour Zoom sessions based on key PDRM and PPM topics.

During the current global Covid-19 pandemic, TorqAid training is concentrating on the online PDRM, and separate 1 hour Zoom topics.  The 2021 PDRM program will run from the 22nd February through to the 4th June, and then again from the 26th July to the 5th November.  Details of the PDRM online program 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

Online PDRM program

The 2021 online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is now open, and a copy of the key brochure is included here. The PDRM consists of five modules, namely Key DRM Diagrams & Issues; Participatory Tools (particularly the Ten Seed Technique = TST), Humanitarian Practitioner Attributes/Competencies, and Project Management; Risk Management; Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics (ie COVID-19); and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change.


TorqAid produces a ‘two-pager’ Summary Sheet on Covid-19. This includes details of key Australian Government departments and global agencies involved in combatting the pandemic, as well as a very short bibliography. Key elements of Covid-19 are also covered in all five modules of the online, accredited, PDRM program.

TorqAid Toolkit

The TorqAid toolkit is a fabulous compendium of practical resources for the Global Development or Humanitarian Practitioner (GHD), as well as for the interested tertiary or secondary student. There are two main sections, namely one on TorqAid training, and the other on key articles. The latest (Jan/Feb 2021) edition can be accessed here.


Three main types of training are offered, although the focus during the current global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is on the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program. See the Training Page for more details:

  • Online accredited PDRM.  The 2021 program (starts 22 Feb) is currently open for registrations.
  • A series of seven short 1 hour training sessions on key isues covered in the PDRM and PPM.
  • 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.