Complex Emergencies

Complex Emergencies

The sixth module of the TorqAid online Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program covers Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), where one of the main case studies we look at is the humanitarian crisis affecting Syria and the surrounding region.  As well as reviewing the situation on the ground, we also check out the progress of the arriving Syrian and Iraqi refugees within Australia.


We’ve now modified our Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram to illustrate the effects of this due to conflict and/or a severe deterioration in governance. This diagram is explained more fully (on page 14) in the TorqAid article a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Framework –

Understanding Ukraine

TorqAid produces a regular Summary Sheet on the current humanitarian crisis affecting Ukraine and surrounding countries. This highlights key material produced by the BBC, Humanitarian Response, ReliefWeb, OCHA, UNCHR, ACAPS, the International Crisis Group, the World Bank, and Groupe URD. Ukraine, together with Afghanistan and the Rohingya in Bangladesh, are complex emergency/crisis case studies in Topics 07 & 08 of the online PDRM program.


Humanitarian training throughout 2022 includes the longer, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program or workshop. This consists of ten topics (TCs). The PDRM can be taught either online or as a workshop. Accreditation is achieved by completing three assignment questions. The individual topics are then also offered separately as a Short Course (SC) program. The teaching format is either face-to-face teaching or self-directed study.

Online PDRM program

Our 2024 online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 26 February through to mid June 2024. The intended outcome of this program is to provide the knowledge & skills to enable the participant to better understand, plan and implement humanitarian initiatives across the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC). Ten topics overall are taught on a weekly basis. When accompanied by three assessment tasks, the PDRM is given Advanced Standing towards a number of Master level courses (eg Sustainable Development, Development Studies) offered by Murdoch University, Perth.


TorqAid produces a monthly update of a three page Summary Sheet on Covid-19. This includes key details of Australian and international government departments, organisations, and research institutions both reporting on, and combatting, the pandemic.

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 […]

CP Rohingya Mission

Chris has recently recently returned from a three month Redr Australia contracted UNDP mission to Cox’s Bazar, supporting the Rohingya humanitarian program there. This link summarises his work there, together with separate articles describing in more detail three key aspects of his responsbilities there.


This reference links the reader to the one day Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training carried out by Chris Piper for BRAC – 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. […]

Understanding Rohingya Crisis

By mid May 2023, the Government of Bangladesh, supported by the international community, continues to provide appropriate support and assistance for over 960,000 Rohingya refugees (as well as 444,000 Bangladeshi host community individuals) across Cox Bazar District and Bhasan Char island in Bangladesh. Currently this area is in the path of Tropical Cyclone Mocha.

Understanding Yemen

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is complex and multifaceted, and one which the international community is trying its best to respond to. Enclosed here is the link to the ‘Understanding Yemen’ article updated to March/April 2021. Yemen is also one of the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs) examples covered in Module 2 of the online, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program.