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.

Train Like a Champion

We have just introduced a short one page ‘Train like a Champion’ 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.

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.

Understanding Rohingya Crisis

By late February 2020, the Government of Bangladesh, supported by the international community, continues to provide appropriate support and assistance for the 900,000 refugees (as well as 300,000 Bangladeshi host community members) across Cox Bazar District in Bangladesh. TorqAid produces both an ‘Understanding the Rohingya Crisis’ Summary Sheet, which summarises this complex humanitarian situation, as well as a summary of the ‘What Matters?’ humanitarian bulletin on feedback from Rohingya refugee and Bangladesh host communities.

Online DRM Program

Enclosed here is the TorqAid online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program for 2018, with our next cohort of students running from Sept-Nov 2018 (people can also study at their own pace). There are six modules on offer, four related to Disaster Risk Management (DRM); one focusing on Participatory Project Management (PPM); and the sixth on Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with the Rohingya crisis, Syria, and Yemen as our main case studies. People can choose to study however many modules they wish, although all six modules plus the assignment questions are required for university accreditation.