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 commenced on the 27th July, and is being taught until the 8th November 2020. Whilst some university students will need to complete their assignments by early November, the actual program remains open until the 13th December.  The PDRM is open to a combination of Australian or Global Humanitarian or Development Practitioners, Tertiery level students, and other interested stakeholders.  The brochure to this PDRM program is highlighted below.


The PDRM 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 these are being taught are outlined below.  Embedded in the PDRM program, there is also a video on the overall course, plus separate videos on each of the five modules.

Module 1:
Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues & Diagrams
27th July to 16th August
[Preview Video]

Module 2:
Participatory Tools, Project Management, and Teaching Tips
17th August to 13th September
[Preview Video]

Module 3
Risk Management
14th September to 4th October
[Preview Video]

Module 4:
Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics
5th to 18th October
[Preview Video]

Module 5:
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change
19th October to 8th November
[Preview Video]

The link to the assignment questions is given below.  As already indicated, eligible participants seeking Advance Standing/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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.  Murdoch University students must complete their assignments by the 22nd November, as these will then be marked and returned to them by early December. Other students can complete their assignments in their own time, but no later than 5th Nov 2021 .


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


During 2021, the PDRM will be facilitated on two occasions, with the teaching dates being outlined below. A brochure (plus new registration form and assignments) for 2021 will be ready by early November 2020, although interested people can always contact Chris beforehand on
– From the 22nd Feb to 5th June 2021
– From the 26th July to 5th Nov 2021


The TorqAid online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July to the 8th November. This consists of five modules, a number of which have reference to COVID-19.

Module 1: Includes details of the 2020 Australian bushfire recovery process, and the complications of Covid-19 on this

Module 2: Includes the ‘What Matters’ humanitarian bulletin surveys carried out in the Rohingya refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and the complications of Covid-19

Module 3: Includes a risk management exercise relating to Covid-19

Module 4: Focuses in on complex emergencies (eg Syria) and conflict-related situations (the Rohingya), and includes complications caused by Covid-19

Module 5: Includes the potential adverse effects of Covid-19 on both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Climate Change, initiatives

The link to the PDRM program is given below:


Enclosed are some TorqAid Covid-19 related items. The first is a ‘one-pager’ Covid-19 information sheet. It includes key the key Australian and global agencies which track and report on the Cornavirus pandemic.


TorqAid has developed a modified version of its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, which shows the adverse effects on the six main components of DRR as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.  It also modified its risk matrix to show the challenges gacing the global community as they work our risk reduction initiatives to counter this pandemic. Follow the links below to both the Covid-19 DRR diagram, and the Covid-19 risk matrix

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The DRR diagram is explained in the article ‘Disaster Risk Management Diagrammatic Framework’, with the modified Covid-19 DRR on page 11, and the Covid-19 risk matrix on page 19.  See the link below to this article.



Over the past 20 years or so, TorqAid has worked with its students to develop a diagrammatic framework of key diagrams, which together describe key aspects of all disasters. This is called a ‘Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework’. This article (Sept/Oct 2020 version), which is updated monthly, can be found here.


There is some key information here for the Global Humanitarian Practitioner. This includes:

  • Four key TorqAid diagrams, namely the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC); the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram; the DRM Planning diagram; and the Project Management Cycle (PMC).
  • Two versions of both the DRMC and DRR, one relating to sudden onset hazards/potential disasters (eg earthquakes, cyclones, bushes), and the other to slow-onset varieties (such as drought or climate change).  Jpeg versions of the 2020 editions of all these diagrams can be found on
  • A short paragraph on postulated ‘Theory of Change’ for each of these four diagrams (see pages 4, 7, 12 and 21)
  • A new section on COVID-19 (see pages 11/12), and the adverse effects this has over time on the six key components of the DRR diagram
  • A compact, but compehensive, section on Risk (see pages 14-20), including comments on Risk, Hazards, Vulnerability, Capacity, Resilience, the ISO 31000 risk management framework, Risk Matrix, and Risk Management Table.  This includes a risk matrix on monsoon rains and tropical cyclones for Cox’s Bazar (p.19)
  • A couple of pages (pages 24/25) on suggested Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC)

The illustrations in this article are covered in the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, which is running from late July through to early November 2020.  Follow the link below for this program.