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Chris Piper, the TorqAid CEO, is a multi-skilled Global Humanitarian and Development Practitioner, with complementary skills in teaching/training, and research. As a teacher/trainer, he is a registered and practising secondary education teacher, adult educator, and university lecturer.  In the humanitarian/development sector, Chris has facilitated over 40 Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) workshops across Australia and overseas, as well as 70 Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops. He has also managed and facilitated an online PDRM program since 2016, and a series of Short Courses (SCs), have also been introduced since 2019.


Our current online, accredited, 2021 PDRM program is running from the 26th July  through to the 5th November 2021. A total of five modules are on offer (see details on this page), and students can choose any number of these.  For students wishing to seek Advanced Standing/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) from the two universities in question, they will need to complete all five modules, and answer three assignment questions.


The five modules covered in the 2021 PDRM workshops, are the following:

  1. Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrams & Issues (26 July – 13 August)
  2. Humanitarian Practitioner Competencies & Standards. Participatory Project Management (16 August – 3 September)
  3. Risk Management (6-24 September)
  4. Complex Emergencies/Crises (27 September – 15 October)
  5. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change (18 October – 5 November)

Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) Workshops

Since 2002, over 40 Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) workshops have been facilitated across Australia, and overseas. The latter locations have included Vanuatu, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the UK, Madagascar and South Africa. TorqAid can be contracted by clients to implement and facilitate customised PDRM workshops across Australia and overseas.

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Participatory Project Management (PPM) Workshops

Since 2002, 70 Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops have been facilitated across Australia and overseas.  The work in Australia has included interaction with Development Practitioners working with Aboriginal Communities across remote Australia. The overseas locations have included Fiji, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Afghanistan and Albania.

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Short Training Courses

TorqAid also offers Humanitarian Short Courses (SCs) on the following topics.

SC 1:  Disaster Risk Management (DRM):  Four key diagrams

SC2a:  Humanitarian Practitioner Attitudes & Competences

SC2b:   Humanitarian Standards & Codes of Conduct

SC2c:  Participatory Project Management (PPM). Teaching Principles & Tips

SC3a: The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). The ISO 31000 Risk Management process.

SC3b:   Covid-19 and Risk Management

SC3c: The Ten Seed Technique (TST) ranking tool.  Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) in Vanuatu, Laos & Bangladesh

SC4a:   Complex Emergencies/Crises, & update on the Afghanistan  humanitarian situation

SC4b:  The Rohingya refugee (Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals) Case Study

SC4c:  Humanitarian case studies for Syria & the Yemen

SC5a:  Climate Change and the road to COP 26

Sc5b: The DRR diagram and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

See the link below for this humanitarian short course (SC) program.