Over the past 19 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 (February 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).
  • There are 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 www.torqaid.com/resources
  • There is also a short paragraph on postulated ‘Theory of Change’ for each of these four diagrams (see pages 4, 7, 10 and 19)
  • There is a compact, but compehensive, section on Risk (see pages 11-17), including comments on Risk, Hazards, Vulnerability, Capacity, Resilience, the ISO 31000 risk management framework, Risk Matrix, and Risk Management Table
  • Finally there are a couple of pages (pages 22-24) on suggested Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC)

The DRM framework, and particularly the Emergency Response and Recovery Stages of the DRMC, as well as the DRR diagram, together form the basis for the article on the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires, prepared by Chris, for the Geography Teacher’s Association of Victoria’s (GTAV) March 2020 edition of their quaterly magazine ‘Interaction’.  Press here for the latest copy of this article.