Bushfire PDD

Following the February 2009 Victorian bushfires, Barrabool Hills Baptist Church (Barro) in Geelong worked with St John’s Anglican Church in Healesville to support fire-affected families, particularly those out in remote rural areas. This mainly consisted of helping people clear damaged property of burned out trees and debris, but also included refurbishing a portable cabin to be used as a temporary home. From July-August 2009, three working weekends were organised, with a separate initiative in Nov 2009 providing a coastal holiday break for some of these families. A further three working weekends were organised in 2010, with a seventh run in 2011. Separate to this, following the Victorian floods on 2011, Barro worked with Bendigo Baptist Church to carry out 3 similar working weekends for farming families in the Lodden Valley affected by floods.  Enclosed here is the Project Design Document (PDD) for the 3 bushfire-related working weekend and the holiday initiatives in 2009. The PDD is an ideal document to gather together key project material which can be utilised for funding submission purposes. Also included here is a generic version of the PDD format/template, together with a disaster risk management PDD for an NGO working in Myanmar, this being prepared at the end of 2016.

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CBDRM Manual

We’ve recently updated our Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Manual, which is also combined (in the appendix) with some CBDRM Notes.  CBDRM is a community level level approach to work with local communities in building up their resilience to severe natural hazards (ie potential disasters), by better understanding; preparing for; responding to; and recovering from such events.  Also included is the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) diagrammatic framework, which illustrates how CBDRM fits into local level DRM planning.  This manual has largely been developed from fieldwork carried out in Vanuatu, Laos and West Bengal, India.

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PDD examples

The Project Design Document (PDD) is a template/format for developing a proposal or submission either internally, or for project funding from an external donor.  It is prepared during the Planning Stage of the Project Management Cycle (PMC). Jpeg copies of the PMC can be accessed from www.torqaid.com/resources. The PDD includes all the key components required in a development or humanitarian project.  Enclosed here is a useful PDD template/format.

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Also included are examples of a PDD relating to an inter-church community-based recovery project arising from the 2009 Victorian bushfires; and a separate one to a proposed Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project for Myanmar, prepared in 2016.

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TorqAid short training courses

In addition to the online, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program and the customised DRM and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops, TorqAid also offers a program of five Short Courses (SCs) for different stakeholders. Press here for a link to an overview of this SC program.

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Humanitarian Development Definitions

Enclosed is a link to the key definitions which are used by Humanitarian and Development Practitioners

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These definitions, as well as other useful humanitarian and development material, can be found in the TorqAid toolkit (see lin below).

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Chris Piper Overview

Enclosed here is an Overview of Chris Piper’s skills and experience as a Global Development Practitioner (GDP), as well as qualified teacher/trainer/facilitator.

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Chris Piper CV

Chris Piper is a multi-skilled Global Humanitarian Practitioner (GHP), Community Engagement Practitioner (CEP), Teacher/Trainer/Facilitator, Bangladesh/rohingya Expert, and Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA), who has worked extensively across the Australian , Asian-Pacific, Eastern and Southern African, and European regions. The link to his CV is given below.

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He has separate profiles as GHP, CEP, Teacher/Trainer/Facilitator, Bangladesh/Rohingya Expert, and BRA, and these can be accessed through the link www.torqaid.com/chris-piper-profiles.