TorqAid Update

Greetings for 2020 !

The monthly TorqAid Update ‘ provides a range of useful material for the global humanitarian or development practitioner.  Currently there are over 500 subscribers to this Update.  Included in this January 2020 Update are the following:

  • The TorqAid Toolkit –, a useful compendium of resources.  This includes the various training options offered by TorqAid, as well as some useful material or seminal articles.  This includes a Humanitarian and Development Bibliography, as well as a Humanitarian and Development Agency Directory
  • An updated article entitled a ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework’ . This includes four key TorqAid diagrams; a section on risk; and some key Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC).
  • A post/blog on bushfires – .  This is particularly relevant viz-a-viz the current bushfires ravaging a number of Australian States and Territories.  It includes a bibliography and agency directory, which in turn highlight lessons learnt from earlier bushfires (such as the 2009 Victorian ones).


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Chris Piper is an experienced, multi-skilled, Community Engagement Practitioner (CEP), Global Humanitarian Practitioner (GHP), Teacher/Trainer/Facilitator, and Researcher.  As well as ongoing ‘one-off’ community engagement, humanitarian, teaching/training and research initiatives, he also works as a Community Engagement and Training Adviser (CETA) and Global Humanitarian Adviser (GHA) for clients on a longer-term relationship basis.  Follow the link below to his CETA profile.


Also note the link below to his GHA profile.


chris piper cep

Follow the links below to Chris’ role as a Community Engagement Practitioner (CEP)



Chris Piper is a multi-skilled Global Humanitarian Practitioner (GHP), Community Engagement Practitioner (CEP), Teacher/Trainer/Facilitator, and Researcher.  As well as ‘one-off’ humanitarian consultancies, trainings or research projects, Chris also offers longer-rerm engagement with select clients as both a Global Humanitarian Adviser (GHA) and Community Engagement and Training Adviser (CETA).

Follow the link below to Chris Piper’s profile as a Global Humanitarian Adviser (GHA).


Follow the link below also to his profile as a Community Engagement and Training Adviser (CETA).



Train Like a Champion

TorqAid has developed a ‘Train Like a Champion’ short article for global humanitarian and development practitioners.  This covers five teaching principles and twelve useful teaching tips. This is largely for individuals who have had no formal teaching or training experience, but yet in their jobs, are required to train or facilitate others.  This ‘one page’ article has been developed by Chris Piper, the TorqAid CEO, from his teaching experience both across Australia and overseas.  He is both a global humanitarian expert, as well as being a qualified, skilled and experienced adult educator, teacher and university lecture.  Follow the link below to this ‘one pager’.


This ‘Train like a Champion’ article also lies at the heart of the two day TorqAid ‘Train like a Champion’ (TLC) workshop, as well as that of the longer Humanitarian Train Like a Champion (HTLC) workshop (see details in next section).  The two-day TLC workshop is ideal for teaching essential training skills to international development staff based in either a support office, or out in the field.  The workshop is highly participative and practical. Follow the link below for a copy of this.


This TLC workshop has also been expanded into a three day TorqAid ‘Humanitarian Train like a Champion’ (HTLC) workshop. The first day focuses on an introduction to humanitarian issues globally, with the afternoon including a case study of the humanitarian situation facing the Rohingya refugees (as well as Bangladesh host communities) in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. This particular scenario has been chosen, as a sophisticated, and well documented, humanitarian program has developed there since the latest large exodus of Rohingya refugees started arriving in early September 2017.  Chris also has worked in Bangladesh before, with his most recent mission being with the UN in Cox’s Bazar for three months in mid 2018.

The second and third day of the HTLC are similar in content to the TLC, but with more emphasis on humanitarian issues and examples.  This HTLC workshop is ideal for global humanitarian practitioners, whether this be as part of their pre-departure orientation, or as on the field capacity building. Follow the link below for a copy of this 3 day HTLC workshop.





Chris Piper is a multi-skilled, multi-lingual Global Humanitarian Practitioner, who has complementary skills in humanitarian consultancy/advisory work; training; and research. The link below focuses in on his experience as a humanitarian teacher, trainer & facilitator.



Twelve Teaching Tips

In order to become an effective teacher, trainer or facilitator, individuals ideally need a combination of the following:

  • A high standard of relevant academic, professional and/or technical expertise
  • An understanding of pedagogy and andagogy (adult learning) principles
  • Good personal and inter-personal attributes and skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good facilitation skills

TorqAid has produced a ‘one pager’ which summarises Twelve Teaching Tips which can contribute to an individual become a great teacher. Follow the link below for these Tips.


This article can be found in the TorqAid Toolkit, a useful compendium of resources for the development or humanitarian practitioner. Follow the link below to the Toolkit.





October Update

Greetings everyone,

This is the October monthly update for TorqAid – see As many of you know Chris (TorqAid Director) is a global humanitarian practitioner (GHP), with skills and experience in humanitarian consultancy/advisory work; training; and research. The link to his role as GHP is here

This month we want to highlight the TorqAid Toolkit, which is a fantastically useful compendium of resources for both the humanitarian/development practitioner, and the tertiary/secondary student interested in international development. Two new items may particularly interest you.

In the training section we have added a post to our short courses.  There are seven of these, and they are particularly useful for agency staff involved in international development, or tertiary/secondary students studying a range of related and relevant subjects.  The duration of each module is between 1.0 and 1.5 hours, and they can be modified to the clientales eeds. The seven courses are:

SC1. Humanitarian Attributes, Standards, and Codes of Conduct

SC2.  Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) diagrams

SC3.  The Project Management Cycle (PMC) and the Project Design Document (PDD)

SC4.  The Ten Seed Technique (TST) ranking tool, and the Seasonal Calendar

SC5.  Risk Management

SC6.  Teaching Tips and Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC)

SC7. The Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis


In our Key Articles section, we have added a new one on Hurricanes-Cyclones-Typhoons. There are links here explaining these natural events, as well as to examples and case studies of recent hurricanes/cyclones/typhoons from around the world.

Please feel free to pass on this October Update to friends and working colleagues who might be interested in it. New people can join our mail chimp distribution list at

Finally, if you are interested in contracting Chris to discuss contracting his services as a GHP in the three areas of service highlighted at the top of this correspondence, please contact him directly.

Cheers and best wishes.



This particular post in late September 2019, the month when earlier Hurricane Dorian had devasted the Bahamas.  It contains useful material for both humanitarian practitioners, as well as tertiary and secondary students studying hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons.  There are two main references.  The first is an amended version of the September 2019 version of the TorqAid Humanitarian and Development bibliography.  This highlights key information about hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons.


This bibliography includes useful material on:

  • BBC articles on how hurricanes/cyclones/typhoons form
  • ACAPS and other articles on Hurricane Dorian; tropical cyclone (TC) Fani in India, and Cyclone Idai in Mozambique (2019); Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean (2017); Cyclone Debbie in Australia (2017); TC Winston in Fiji, and Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (both 2016);  TC Pam in Vanuatu (2015); and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philipppines (2013)

Also included in this post is a second article, this relating to the TorqAid article on the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) framework.  This includes some key diagrams, one of which is the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC).  The DRM framework article has been amended up to Feb 2020.


The DRMC clearly indicates the likely required initiatives for affected communities and emergency service providers as they work through a devastating hurricane/cyclone/typhoon.  This includes the role of the media, particularly in the Emergency Response Stage. These initatives include:

  • Early warning and evacuation
  • Search and rescue
  • Effective leadership, management, coordination, communications & information sharing
  • Establishing essential services.  Clearing and managing logistical routes
  • Providing humanitarian assistance, with particular focus on vulnerable groups
  • Carryng out initial damage and needs assessment

As the Recovery Stage emerges, other priorities will develop, these including:

  • Ongoing effective leadership, management, coordination, communications & information sharing
  • Clearing rubble/debris, and carrying out more detailed damage and needs assessments
  • Ongoing, targetted, humanitarian assistance, with a strong focus on vulnerable groups
  • Temporary accommodation, and the repair/rebuilding of houses and other key buildings
  • Psychosocial support
  • Commencement of restoration of social/political, economic, built and natural environments
  • Strengthening of existing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives, to counter future threats

Chris Piper GHP

Chris Piper is a multi-skilled, multi-lingual, Global Humanitarian Practitioner, and the link to his profile is given below.


Complementary to this, the interested reader can contact Chris for a copy of his CV, as well as a more specific profile of his Global Humanitarian Practitioner experience in Bangladesh, this including work with the Rohingya refugees.