Russell Hargrave


Russell Hargrave is a freelance journalist and political consultant, with a special interest in development, migration, and finance. As well as Devex, he writes regularly for Public Finance, the Church Times, and He is the author of "Drawbridge Britain," a book about immigration since World War II, and advises the Liberal Democrats on refugee policy.

Latest Articles

How polio campaigners won €55M for their fight
14 Jan 2019

Devex speaks to Nicholas Whyte, a strategist who helped polio advocates win a major pledge from the European Union last year, about the ingredients for success.

The new politics of aid
24 Sep 2018

More than any time in recent years, the United Kingdom's main political parties are locking horns over how and why the U.K. should pursue its development goals.

Top UK aid storyteller on the communications crisis
11 Jun 2018

The aid sector has failed to communicate its work to the public, putting key gains at risk, says Richard Darlington. The former DFID adviser reflects on the evolution of the department's relationship with a skeptical public and looks ahead to the future of aid storytelling.

DFID to partner with UK finance sector to support development
12 Apr 2018

U.K. aid chief Penny Mordaunt laid out five key focus areas for the U.K. government's aid work in a speech with a national interest thrust Thursday morning, including a plan to partner with the City of London to help countries transition out of poverty.

Q&A: How to tackle fake news
16 Mar 2018

A report published last month by the International Broadcasting Trust highlighted how development organizations are being targeted by "fake news." Devex speaks to Sally O'Connell, head of digital at Action Aid, about how the organization responded to fake reports about its chief executive, and steps that can be taken to protect staff from online abuse.

Aid groups targeted by fake news, report says
14 Feb 2018

A report published Tuesday about the impact of "fake news" on charities highlights the experience of international NGOs, including Save the Children and ActionAid, which have been targeted by false stories designed to disrupt their work and smear the reputations of senior staff — but the report also warns that aid groups should take steps to avoid disseminating misleading stories and statistics themselves.

Save the Children CEO on a new era of competition for aid
11 Jan 2018

After his first year as chief executive officer at one of the United Kingdom's biggest charities, Kevin Watkins speaks to Devex about the challenges that lie ahead for the aid sector — from competing with the private sector to grappling with a more antagonistic media environment.

'Relationship building can take years:' NGOs on engaging with DFID
23 Nov 2017

On the sidelines of a publicity event in London, Devex shadowed a top DFID delivery partner in action, and speaks to NGOs about how to reach government.

UK Conservative Party announces slew of aid reforms
5 Oct 2017

As the Conservative Party conference wrapped up on Wednesday, the UK aid community was left to absorb a range of reforms and announcements — including a crackdown on private contractors and challenges on United Nations reform.

Future of Norway's peace corps at risk as relocation looms, staff say
30 Jun 2017

Norwegian peace corps FK Norway is caught up in a political effort to boost employment in rural parts of the country, as the government confirms the $9.2 million plan to relocate the organization will be paid for from the country's overseas aid budget.