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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


Since 1992 TorqAid has facilitated over 40 accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM), and 65 Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops, across Australia and overseas.  An online accedited PDRM program has also been running since mid 2016. Other training offered include a series of Short Courses (SCs), as well a new (2019) ‘Train like a Champion’ (TLC) program.  

During the curent Coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, TorqAid training is currently concentrating on the online PDRM.  This program runs from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020. Details of this can be found both on this page, and in the enclosed 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

We are roughly 3/4 of the way through the online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program. This has five optional modules, namely Key DRM Issues & Diagrams; Participatory Tools, Project Management & Teaching Tips; Risk Management; Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics (ie COVID-19); and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change. The taught program is running up to the 8th November.


TorqAid includes different aspects of Coronavirus in four out of its five online PDRM program modules. This includes a ‘one-pager’ of key agencies reporting on Covid-19; and a separate risk matrix and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, focussing in on this pandemic.


The ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework’ article includes four key TorqAid dagrams, as well as other material relating to Risk and Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC).


Four 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, running from the 27th July to the 8th November 2020
  • Accredited PDRM and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops for clientele across Australia or overseas
  • A two day ‘Train Like a Champion’ (TLC) workshop, and three day ‘Humanitarian Train Like a Champion’ (HTLC) workshop
  • A series of short (1-2 hours) training sessions on key isues covered in the PDRM and PPM.


The TorqAid Toolkit is a fantastic compendium of humanitarian and development resources for both the practitioner and interested individual.

Blog Post Categories

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.