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 (Sept/Oct 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 (see pages 4, 7, 12 and 21)
  • A new section on COVID-19 (see pages 11/12), and the adverse effects this has over time on the six key components of the DRR diagram
  • A compact, but compehensive, section on Risk (see pages 14-20), including comments on Risk, Hazards, Vulnerability, Capacity, Resilience, the ISO 31000 risk management framework, Risk Matrix, and Risk Management Table.  This includes a risk matrix on monsoon rains and tropical cyclones for Cox’s Bazar (p.19)
  • A couple of pages (pages 24/25) on suggested Humanitarian Evaluation Criteria (HEC)

The illustrations in this article are covered in the online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, which is running from late July through to early November 2020.  Follow the link below for this program.