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.


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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’ (TLC) 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 TLC ‘one pager’.


These TLC teaching principles and tips are also included in Module 2 (Participatory Tools, Project Management, & Teaching Tips) of the online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, the teaching component of which is running from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020. Follow the link below for this PDRM brochure.


This ‘Train like a Champion’ (TLC) 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).  Follow the links to these two workshops below.

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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 link below relates to a customised bibliography, with highlighted information on cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons.


This includes material on the following:

  • BBC articles on how hurricanes/cyclones/typhoons form
  • A variety of articles by different agencies and authors on Cyclone Amphan in India/Bangladesh (2020); Hurricane Dorian (2019); Cyclone (TC) Fani in India, and Cyclone Idai in Mozambique (both 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)

The second article is the TorqAid Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework. This includes key components of both the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC), and the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram. The key components of both diagrams can be applied to the disaster risk management of cyclones/hurricanes/typhoons.


The study of cyclones/hurricanes/typhoons is carried out in Module 1 of the TorqAid online, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program; and one of the assignment questions relates to this topic. Follow the link below to the PDRM


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.