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 (Nov/Dec 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 www.torqaid.com/resources
  • A short paragraph on postulated ‘Theory of Change’ for each of these four diagrams
  • A new section on COVID-19, and the adverse effects this has over time on the six key components of the DRR diagram
  • A compact, but comprehensive, section on Risk, including comments on Risk, Hazards, Vulnerability, Capacity, Resilience, the ISO 31000 risk management framework, Risk Matrix, and Risk Management Table.  This includes separate risk matrices on monsoon rains and tropical cyclones for Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; and a risk matrix for Covid-19
  • A couple of pages on suggested Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC)