Hi Mitchell,
Thanks for your questions, and I’m answering them in a round-about, but hopefully useful, way.
1. Effective humanitarians, in my view, combine a good mixture of technological, project management, and ”soft’ (such as relationships building, understand background context etc) skills. Check out the DRR diagram (we cover in Mod. 3) – see https://www.torqaid.com/resources, where the 12 key DRM initiatives include both Understanding Traditional Knowledge & Beliefs, and also Scientific Research (& Information Management)
2. In the post https://www.torqaid.com/bushfires, there is a bushfire-related agency directory, and bibliography.
– In the directory, this includes both the Bushfires & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research CXentre (BNHRC) & CSIRO (page 2)
both of which carry out cutting edge bushfire-related research & technological innovations
– The bibliography includes two articles by the Rural Australia Institute (RAI) – p.3, one of which highlights the importance of
businesses for recovery. This should be read together with the Aldrich video & two references (P.1) which highlight the importance of
Social Capital. So,in practice it’s complicated, and not a case of either/or (but both)
3. I recommend you also look at the https://www.torqaid.com/understanding-rohingya-crisis, particularly the key article there which includes (on page 3):
– The May Situation Report from the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). This gives a great overview of what is a complex and
sophistacted humanitarian program working in trying circumstances. In reading through various sector reports, you will see how
modern technology (such as sophisticated mapping) has been well used
– This should be read alongside the https://www.torqaid.com/rohingya-what-matters page.(also on p.3) This summarises the work at
grassroots level as reported in the Shongjog (what Matters?) humanitarian bvulletine. This highlights required nuanced ‘soft skills’
and understanding
4. You asked what role employeres can play in disaster risk management (DRM). I think the answer is to understand that any of their involved staff need this mix of technoloigical/project management/’soft’ skills. Also it helps to understand all the key components carried out in both the DRMC (Emergency Response & Recovery Stages), and DRR diagrams. In working through non-conflict scenarios (such as the Australian bushfires or the Rohingya situation in Bangladesh), it’s complicated enough, but this in only exacerbated in conflict affected scenarios such as Lebanon (following this recent terrible port explosion), Syria & Yemen.

i hope this helps. Cheers, Chris