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.

TorqAid August Update

The key item this month is the ongoing, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program. Module 2 (Participatory Tools, Project Management & Teaching Tips) commenced on the 17th August, and Module 3 (Risk Management) starts on the 7th September.

Online PDRM program

We are roughly 3/4 of the way through the online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program. This has five optional modules, namely Key DRM Issues & Diagrams; Participatory Tools, Project Management & Teaching Tips; Risk Management; Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics (ie COVID-19); and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change. The taught program is running up to the 8th November.


TorqAid includes different aspects of Coronavirus in four out of its five online PDRM program modules. This includes a ‘one-pager’ of key agencies reporting on Covid-19; and a separate risk matrix and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, focussing in on this 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 early October, 2020, the Government of Bangladesh, supported by the international community, continues to provide appropriate support and assistance for the 855,000 refugees (as well as 444,000 Bangladeshi host community members) across Cox Bazar District in Bangladesh. TorqAid produces both an ‘Understanding the Rohingya Crisis’ Summary Sheet, as well as an overview of the ‘What Matters?’ humanitarian bulletin on feedback from Rohingya refugee and Bangladesh host communities.

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 which TorqAid updates on a regular basis. Yemen is also one of the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs) examples covered in Module 5 of the online Disaster Risk Management (CHE) program.

Online DRM Program

Enclosed here is the TorqAid online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program for 2018, with our next cohort of students running from Sept-Nov 2018 (people can also study at their own pace). There are six modules on offer, four related to Disaster Risk Management (DRM); one focusing on Participatory Project Management (PPM); and the sixth on Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with the Rohingya crisis, Syria, and Yemen as our main case studies. People can choose to study however many modules they wish, although all six modules plus the assignment questions are required for university accreditation.


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 […]