Online PDRM program

The online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has been modified for 2020, taking into account the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires, the current 2020 global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and Climate Change.  This PDRM commences on the 27th July, and will run until the 8th November 2020.  The brochure to this is given below.

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The program consists of five modules, as outlined below.  Participants can take any number of these. If participants take all five modules, and the required follow-up assignments, they are then able, if they are otherwise eligible, to seek Advanced Standing from a number of Master level courses offered by a couple of Australian universities (see Assignment details in the section after the modules). The five modules on offer, and their dates are:

Module 1:      Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues & Diagrams   –  27th July to 16th August

Module 2:      Participatory Tools, Project Management, and Teaching Tips    –   17th August to 6th September

Module 3:      Risk Management   –  7th to 27th September

Module 4:      Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics   –  28th September to 18th October

Module 5:      Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change  – 19th October to 8th November

The link to the assignment questions is given below.  As already indicated, eligible participants must complete all five modules. They then must answer three assignment questions, basing their answers on three of the modules in question.  The information below outlines the assignment details, as well as the contact details of the two universities in question,

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The PDRM Registration Form can be downloaded below.  This is in Word format and should be completed and returned to Chris Piper at pipercm@iprimus.com.au.  It includes details of the costs of the modules, assignments (if these are being taken), and possible discounts.

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Coronavirus

Enclosed is a Coronavirus COVID-19 information sheet (version 8, dated 1st June 2020). It includes first of all key material relating to Australia and Victoria, this including links to the Australian Government, the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Health, the Victorian Government’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), and the ABC.  It also includes the latest material on the global pandemic as produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO), John Hopkins University (JHU), the BBC, Our World in data, and, for those working in particularly vulnerable countries, ACAPS .

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The TorqAid online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July to the 8th November, and this includes a number of assignment questions which include the effects of COVID-19.   The link to the PDRM is given below:

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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 March 2020, the international community continues working in close cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), where they together provide assistance to over 855,000 Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, together with over 440,000 local host Bangladeshis. The majority of the Rohingya live in 34 formally established camps in extremely congested conditions. 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 global humanitarian consultancy, training and research portfolio.  Press here for the April 2020 version of this article.

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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

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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