Humanitarian Issues

Humanitarian Issues

TorqAid offers an online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program, which consists of six modules.  The first four of these relate to DRM or humanitarian issues.  Summarised below are DRM/humanitarian issues articles which relate to either the DRM program, or which are useful up-to-date humanitarian material from around the world.

Online PDRM program

The 2021 online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is now open, and a copy of the key brochure is included here. The PDRM consists of five modules, namely Key DRM Diagrams & Issues; Participatory Tools (particularly the Ten Seed Technique = TST), Humanitarian Practitioner Attributes/Competencies, and Project Management; Risk Management; Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics (ie COVID-19); and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change.

Train Like a Champion

TorqAid produces a short one page ‘Train like a Champion’ (TLC) article, together with a two day ‘Train Like a Champion’ (TLC) workshop, and a three day ‘Humanitarian Train Like a Champion’ (HTLC) variant of this. This material is designed for the humanitarian or development practitioner who is required to teach or facilitate in the field, but yet who has no formal training or capacity building background.

Twelve Teaching Tips

TorqAid has developed a ‘one pager’ of Twelve Teaching Tips for development or humanitarian practitioners who do not have any formal background in teaching, training or facilitation.


September 2019 was the month when Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, and moved up the eastern coast of the US. As a result of this, TorqAid has updated its Post on Hurricanes-Cyclones-typhoons. This is useful material for both the humanitarian and development practitioner, as well as for tertiary/secondary students, and includes examples of earlier hurricanes/cyclones/typhoons from the Caribbean, SW Pacific (including Australia), NW Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal.

Short Courses

TorqAid offers five Short Courses (SCs), covering topics such as key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) diagrams, Climate Change, Complex Emergencies (with Yemen as case study), Covid-19, and humanitarian attitudes/competencies/principles/standards/codes of conduct. These are delivered either face-to-face or online over an hour.

TorqAid Talks

Chris Piper is a qualified secondary teacher and adult educator, as well as university lecturer. He has facilitated accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops across Australia and overseas, and he also runs the TorqAid accredited online DRM program. From April to July 2018 he worked as a RedR Australia deployee […]

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. […]

PNG earthquake

A major earthquakes struck the PNG highlands on the 25th Feb 2018. The first joint (PNG Gov/UN) situation Report (Sitrep) was issued on the 10th March. There are around 545,000 people affected across five provinces, with around 270,000 targeted for assistance. This complex humanitarian situation is being carried out in challenging terrain. This case study is included in both the TorqAid online accredited DRM program, as well as for the university course (EMG 309 = Humanitarian Relief), for which Chris is Unit Chair.