Understanding Syria

TorqAid produces a regular update on ‘Understanding Syria’ as part of its global humanitarian consultancy, training and research portfolio.  This has been updated for April 2020.  Follow the links below for this.

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Lorevuilko CBDRM training

In Feb 2016, Chris worked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) in Vanuatu, this including some rural-based Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) capacity building. This is a report of the training carried out at one of the locations, namely Lorevuilko on Espiritu Santo.

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One of the outputs of this training was the development of a CBDRM Manual, which in turn can lead to the development of a number of Risk Reduction Initiatives (RRIs). Note the links below to both this CBDRM Manual template, and the DRM Planning diagram which illustrates the RRIs.

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Myanmar DRM training

Enclosed here is a Project Design Document (PDD) to Graceworks Myanmar (GWM), prepared in late 2016, for some Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) training in Myanmar.    Download

 

 

DRM generic

Since 2002 TorqAid has facilitated over 45 accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) workshops, or somewhat shorter variations of these, both across Australia and overseas.  Overseas locations have included PNG, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South Africa, and the UK. Since 2016, workshops are now only developed for individual clients, and these are customised around the generic workshop program illustrated below. The name has now changed to ‘Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM)’, and the material for this has been updated for 2020.

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There are six modules in the PDRM, these focussing on Key DRM Issues and Diagrams; Case Studies – Australian Bushfires and Climate Change; Participatory Project Management (PPM); Risk Management; Complex Emergencies and Conflict-related Case Study (Rohingya); and a Final Practical Exercise.

The PDRM workshop and online program are built around the DRM diagrammatic framework, and a link to an article which summarises this is given below.

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A number of key resources included in the TorqAid Toolkit are incorporated into the PDRM workshop and online program, and the link to this Toolkit is also given below.

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Finally, the PDRM assignment questions have been revised for 2020. There are ten assignment question options, of which students will be required to answer three, if they are seeking university advanced standing. Details of the two universities which offer this accreditation are included in the assignment details.

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Humanitarian & Development Agency Directory

This Humanitarian and Development Agency Directory is an invaluable resource for the Australian or Global Development or Humanitarian Practitioner. The latest edition is July/August 2020.

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Details of the Directory are also included in the TorqAid Toolkit which is also updated monthly. See the link below to the latest TorqAid Toolkit, which has also been updated to July/August 2020.

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Humanitarian & Development Bibliography

This Humanitarian and Development Bibliography is an invaluable resource for the Australian or Global Development or Humanitarian Practitioner. It is updated regularly, with the latest edition below having been modified to July/August  2020.

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This Bibliography is also one of the key references cited in the TorqAid Toolkit (see link below), which again is updated monthly (latest edition being July/August 2020).

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Humanitarian Principles

This includes a useful summary of practical Principles, Standards and Codes of Conduct for the humanitarian practitioner, this including the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).  Download

 

TorqAid Toolkit

The TorqAid Toolkit is a really useful, practical and easy-to-use resource for the Global Development or Humanitarian Practitioner, as well as for the  volunteer, student, or just individual interested in international development.  The Toolkit (see link below) is updated regularly, with the most recent version being that of July/August 2020. There are two main sections to this, the first being a summary of training options offered by TorqAid; and the second some useful key articles.  The link to the Toolkit is given below:

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Because of the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the main training course on offer is the accredited (at Master level) online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, which runs from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020.  Press here for the link to the brochure, which includes assignment details and Registration Form.

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Online DRM assignment

The online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has been running since mid 2016, but this will now officially close at the end of June 2020.  This was originally called ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM)’, with the name changing in 2019. The link to this prgram is given below.

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Eligible participants, if they complete all of the five PDRM modules, plus the assignment details enclosed below, can claim Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards one or other of the programs offered by Murdoch and Charles Sturt University (CSU). These are the Murdoch Master of Arts in Development Studies (MADevSt) and Community Development (MA Comm Dev); and the CSU Emergency Management program at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

There are ten optional questions, and the participant must complete three of these. Each question should be between 1,800-2,000 words in length.  The assignment details can be seen below.

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Online DRM registration form

Enclosed is the TorqAid accredited online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program ‘Intention to Register’ Form.  This online program commenced in mid 2016, and was revised during the first part of 2019.  If a minimum number of interested participants (and we are aiming at 20 people) complete this ‘Intention to Register Form’ by the 5th August 2019, we will run our next online PDRM program from the 5th September.

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The link to the online PDRM program brochure is given below

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The online program follows trhe same curriculum as the accredited PDRM workshop, of which 40 of these have been facilitated across Australia and overseas since 2002.  Follow the link below to this PDRM workshop.

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