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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 Short Course (SC) training, covering twelve key humanitarian topics is also offered.  This combination of PDRM and SC training can be delivered either face-to-face, or online.


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.

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Throughout 2022, TorqAid will focus its humanitarian training on twelve key topics. These will be covered in the longer, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, as well as individual topics covered in the Short Course (SC) program. Follow the link here for more details on these twelve topics.


The ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework’ article covers the four key TorqAid diagrams (DRMC, DRR, DRM Planning, PMC) included in both its PDRM and Short Course (SC) training programs.

TorqAid Toolkit

The TorqAid toolkit is a useful compendium of practical resources for the development/humanitarian practitioner or tertiary/secondary student. It consists of two sections – TorqAid training and key humanitarian/development-related articles. The November/December 2021 version can be accessed here. It includes the November update of the Covid-19 Summary Sheet, as well as a useful Humanitarian/Development Bibliography, which highlights on pages 7-10, a number of key BBC articles relating to Climate Change and the recent COP26 conference.


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

  • Online accredited PDRM.  The teaching component of the 2022 program is planned to run from the 25th July through to the 16th October 2022. Twelve key topics are taught, for an hour each, at 8pm every Wednesday evening Melbourne time.
  • Customised, accredited, PDRM workshops and online programs are also on offer
  • The twelve topics are also also offered separately as a Short Course (SC) program, these also delivered either face-to-face or online


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.