Emily Poskett

Testing times

One of the events associated with World AIDS Day each year is the launch of the UNAIDS report on monitoring the global epidemic.  In this report UNAIDS use all the available data to summarise trends in HIV prevalence throughout the …

Here comes the rain....

The 'short rains' have started and are here in force. As my first time living somewhere tropical, they are fascinating to me. Not the grey drizzle you get in the UK, but 'proper rain', 'really-coming-down-hard' rain, 'if-you-go-out-in-it-for-two-minutes-you-are-soaked-through' rain. This is …

Happy 2008 Africa Statistics Day!

Have you sent anyone a Happy African Statistics Day card yet? No thought not…but the 18th of November has been celebrated as "African Statistics Day" across the continent since the nineties. Its purpose is to increase public awareness about the …

Development partnerships

I have just got in after a training course into the weird and wonderful ways and workings of the ‘Development Partnership Group' (DPG). The purpose of the DPG, and its many underlying sector and cluster working groups, is to manage the …

An education

Recently, I sat down to dinner with Hilary Armstrong MP, who was in Tanzania to undertake some voluntary work in a leading Tanzanian non-governmental organisation working in education. She was in the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) – …

Freshers week

Throughout the six years I have worked in DFID I have always wanted to work in one of our offices based in a developing country. Living overseas, close to the ‘front line’ of delivering aid has to be the top …