CXB Rain Gauges

One of the four main responsibilities which Chris Piper had, when he was deployed by Redr Australia with UNDP in Cox’s Bazar for three months (Apr-July 2018) as their ‘Early Warning Dissemination and Training Specialist’, was to project manage the installment of automated rain gauges in three Rohingya camp locations in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.  The link to the article here describes this particular project, which contributes to a ‘toolbox’ of initiatives designed to reduce risk, and improve safety, for the Rohingya refugee population.

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CP Rohingya Mission

Chris Piper was contracted and deployed by Redr Australia as an ‘Early Warning Dissemination and Training Specialist’ for UNDP from April-July 2018.  This was down in Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh, where the international comunity is working in support of the Government of Bangladesh to provide humanitarian assistance for around 1.3 million people, this comprising just less than a million Rohingya refugees, and the rest, Bangladeshi host communities.  The link below describes the key aspects of his work over that period.

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He is now producing three separate short (two page) articles, describing some of this work in more detail.  This includes the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training he carried out for the Bangladeshi NGO, BRAC; the landslide related initiative focussing on the implementation of a small number of automated rain gauges around the refugee camps; and some comments on some of the brilliant grass-roots level work being carried out by the Communication with Communities (CwC) network out there. The first two of these reports (DRM training, and landslide-related rain gauges) are included below.  The third article (CwC) will be added in the forthcoming days.

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As part of his ongoing teaching, Chris updates the monthly Summary Sheet entitled ‘Understanding the Rohingya Crisis’.  This both summarises the humanitarian situation in Cox’s Bazar, and also includes key references related to the complex emergency in both Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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Finally, Chris teaches about the Rohingya crisis in the accredited TorqAid online Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program.  This consists of six modules (four focussing in on DRM; and one each on Participatory Project Management {PPM} and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies {CHEs}).  The link to the DRM brochure is givcen here.

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CXB-DRM-training

This reference links the reader to the one day Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training carried out by Chris Piper for BRAC – www.brac.net in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on the 7th May 2018. Chris was at the time a Redr Australia deployee attached to UNDP, where his official title was Earely Warning Dissemination and Training Specialist. On the training side, it should be noted that he is a qualified and experienced adult educator, university lecturer, and secondary school teacher. The links below lead the read to both a short summary of this training day, together with a longer description of this.

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In the workshop summaries, mention is made of a number of key diagrams, which have been customised to the Bangladeshi and Cox’s Bazaar context. These are the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, and Risk Matrix. The links to the jpeg copies are these three diagrams are given below.

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Understanding Rohingya Crisis

By late February 2020, the international community continues working in close cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), where they together provide assistance to over 900,000 Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, together with over 300,000 local host Bangladeshis. The majority of the Rohingya live in 27 camps and settlements across the southern part of Cox’s Bazar District, the largest conglomeration of which (Kutupalong) houses over 600,000 individuals. TorqAid produces a monthly update (latest March 2020) of the Summary Sheet ‘Understanding the Rohingya Crisis’ (see below) which highlights key progress on this complex humanitarian operation.

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TorqAid also produces a summary on the series of ‘What Matters?’ humanitarian bulletins (see below), produced by the skilled Communication with Communities (CwC) team of practitioners working out of Cox’s Bazar. This regular buletin, produced in both Bangla (Bengali) and English, summarises key issues of concern and feedback from both Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host communities. Follow a link below to the March 2020 summary.

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Chris spent three months in Cox’s Bazar in mid 2018, where he worked as a RedR deployee attached to UNDP.

 

 

 

Understanding Yemen

TorqAid produces a regular update on ‘Understanding Yemen’,  as part of its training and research portfolio.  This update is designed for Global Development Practitioners (GDPs) supporting the humanitarian situation on the ground; tertiary and secondary level using Yemen as a humanitarian case study; and volunteers or other individuals wanting to raise a combination of awareness for the general public and/or funds for operational agencies.   Press here for the article ‘Understanding Yemen’.  This includes reference to the 2018 United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan for the country covering the period Jan-Dec 2018

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Yemen is separately taught as an example of one of the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs) in Module 5 of the online  accredited TorqAid online Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program.  Follow the link below for this online DRM program.

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Online DRM Program

The accredited TorqAid online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has been running since mid 2016, but this will now close at the end of June 2020. The program name was changed from ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM)’ in 2019.  There are five modules on offer, namely Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues; Recent Global Disasters; Risk Management; Participatory Project Management (PPM); and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs).  Follow the link below to this program brochure

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When accompanied by follow-up assignments, the online PDRM is granted Recongition of Prior Learning at Masters levels with specific courses offered by a couple of Australian universities.  The link below includes details of these two university series of courses, together with the assignments on offer.

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If you are interested in registering for this online PDRM, please complete the ‘Intention to Register’ Form below. We are aiming to commence our next cohort of students in early 2020.

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Syrian-DRR

Those of you familiar with TorqAid’s consultancy and training, will be aware that we use a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) diagrammatic framework to clarify and explain our understanding of disaster initiatives across the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC).  Follow the link below to this diagrammatic framework article.  We have included in this article a variation of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, which illustrates how this DRR process in Syria has been adversely affected by the conflict which has engulfed much of the country over the 2011-2017 period.

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This DRR diagram includes a timeline of decisive decisive events which have shaped the conflict in Syria, these explained in an article published by the BBC in March 2017 – see www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39233357 .  Enclosed below is the link to the jpeg version of this Syrian DRR diagram.

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Understanding Syria

Enclosed in the link below is the latest (March 2018) edition of the humanitarian-focused Summary Sheet entitled ‘Understanding the Syrian Crisis’.  This includes sections on what’s happening on the e ground; key facts and figures; regional refugee flows; funding issues; and other useful publications.

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Syria (along with Yemen and the Rohingya crisis) is taught as one of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency (CHE) examples on both the accredited TorqAid Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program, as well as the Emergency Management university program unit (EMG 309 Humanitarian Relief) for which Chris is Unit Chair. Follow the link below to the online DRM program.

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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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