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.

Risk Management

From the 5- 16 September we shall be running Topics 5 & 6 of our online PDRM program. These relate to different aspects of Risk Management and are particularly useful for humanitarian practitioners working in this sector in the field.

Tonga volcano tsunami

TorqAid has prepared a short Summary Sheet on the likely priorities to be carried out in Tonga following the 15th Jan volcanic eruption and tsunami. Affected individuals and communities should be at the heart of the emergency response and recovery work. This will be a Tongan Government-led initiative, supported by local/national, as well as international, stakeholders.


Humanitarian training throughout 2022 includes the longer, accredited, Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program or workshop. This consists of ten topics (TCs). The PDRM can be taught either online or as a workshop. Accreditation is achieved by completing three assignment questions. The individual topics are then also offered separately as a Short Course (SC) program. The teaching format is either face-to-face teaching or self-directed study.

Online PDRM program

Our 2024 online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 26 February through to mid June 2024. The intended outcome of this program is to provide the knowledge & skills to enable the participant to better understand, plan and implement humanitarian initiatives across the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC). Ten topics overall are taught on a weekly basis. When accompanied by three assessment tasks, the PDRM is given Advanced Standing towards a number of Master level courses (eg Sustainable Development, Development Studies) offered by Murdoch University, Perth.

Train Like a Champion

TorqAid produces a short one page ‘Train like a Champion’ (TLC) article, which includes five teaching principles, and twelve teaching tips. This material is covered as part of the PDRM training program (Topic TC 06 = Humanitarian Attributes & Competencies).

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 a Humanitarian Short Course (SC) program, covering a number of topics relating to humanitarian work, from August through to the end of October. The final teaching session, Climate Change & the road to COP 26 (27th Oct) has now been financially discounted 50%.

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 […]