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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 ten 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.

Latest News

Understanding Ukraine

TorqAid is produces regular Summary Sheet on the current humanitarian crisis affecting Ukraine and surrounding countries. This Sheet highlights key material being produced by a number of agencies, these including the BBC, Humanitarian Response, ReliefWeb, ACAPS, OCHA, UNHCR, IOM, the World Bank, and the International Crisis Group. Ukraine, together with Afghanistan, the Yemen, and the Rohingya in Bangladesh, are complex emergency/crisis case studies in Topics 07 & 08 of the online PDRM program.

Online PDRM program

Our next online, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 1st August through to the 28th October 2022. This covers eleven key topics. Details of these, together with the PDRM brochure, Teaching Framework, Assignment Details, and Registration Form can be accessed here.

Ten Seed Technique

The Ten Seed Technique (TST) is a brilliant participatory tool, which can be used in a number of development and humanitarian settings. It is also covered in Topic 06 of the online PDRM program.

Humanitarian Training

Two main types of training are offered.  These are the longer Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) workshops and online programs, as well as ten topics offered in the Short Course (SC) program. See the Training Page for more details.  These include:

  • An online, accredited, PDRM, the 2022 teaching component of which will run from the 1st August through to the end of October. The eleven key topics are covered in this
  • Customised PDRM workshops and online programs for clientele which contract TorqAid for this
  • The eleven SC topics can also be delivered separately either face-to-face or online, as well as being available in a self-paced format


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.