Online PDRM program

The 2021 online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 22nd February through to the 4th June 2021. The  brochure for this can be accessed below. There are five modules to this as highlighted in the five (2020) videos below. The PDRM is open to a combination of Australian or Global Humanitarian or Development Practitioners, tertiary level students, and other interested stakeholders.


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 can then, if they are otherwise eligible, 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 2021 dates are outlined below.

Module 1:
Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrams & Issues
22nd Feb to 12th March 2021
[Preview Video]

Module 2:
Humanitarian Practitioner Attributes/Competencies, Participatory Tools & Project Management
15th March to 2nd April
[Preview Video]

Module 3
Risk Management
5-23rd April
[Preview Video]

Module 4:
Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics
26th April to 14th May
[Preview Video]

Module 5:
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change
17th May to 4th June
[Preview Video]

The copy of the Teaching Framework for the 2021 PDRM is given below.


The link to the 2021 assignment questions is given below. As already indicated, eligible participants seeking Advance Standing/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) must complete all five modules, and answer three assignment questions.


The 2021 PDRM Registration Form can be downloaded below. It includes details of the costs of the modules, assignments (if these are being taken), and discounts for particular stakeholders.


Short Courses

In addition to its online, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, TorqAid offers seven Short Courses (SCs). The link to this program is given below.


The seven SCs on offer are:
SC1:    The Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagrams, and their application to to a combination of floods and tropical storms; earthquakes and tsunamis; and drought

SC2:   Australian bushfires, and psychosocial stress related to disasters

SC3:   The Rohingya humanitarian situation in Bangladesh

SC4:   The Ten Seed Technique (TST) as a fabulous, practical, ranking tool

SC5:   Covid-19 and Risk Management

SC6:   The DRR diagram and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SC7:    Aspirations for, and challenges of, positive progress this year relating to Climate Change

These SCs are designed for a combination of stakeholders, principally global or Australian humanitarian/development practitioners, and secondary/teriary students. Sessions can be delivered either as one hour online (eg Zoom) training sessions, or, social distancing requirements notwithstanding, as one hour face-to-face lessons.

TorqAid Toolkit

The TorqAid Toolkit is a really useful, practical and easy-to-use resource for the global or Australian development or humanitarian practitioner; tertiary/secondary student; volunteer; or individual interested in international development.  The Toolkit (see link below) is updated regularly, with the most recent version being that of January/February 2021. There are two main sections to this, the first being a summary of training options offered by TorqAid; and the second some useful key articles.  The link to the Toolkit is given below: