Catherine Cheney


Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.

Latest Articles

Funders are working to direct more dollars to the frontlines of climate change
21 Sep 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit highlighted a growing recognition among funders that the most effective strategies against climate change must include frontline organizations working at the local level.

5 stories to watch during the UN General Assembly in New York
20 Sep 2018

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly has officially begun, and Global Goals Week is right around the corner. Here are Devex's five stories to watch.

Global health community steps up climate action
20 Sep 2018

Climate change will pose the greatest threat to global health in this century. Last week, health leaders issued a call to action as part of an effort to make the sector a more active participant in the climate change debate.

How Bill Gates thinks about climate change, innovation, and the SDGs
19 Sep 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is not currently counted among the world's largest climate change mitigation donors, but the foundation's billionaire co-chair is on a personal mission to bring innovation to bear on a global challenge.

Bill and Melinda Gates on the 'single biggest determinant' of progress on the SDGs
18 Sep 2018

On Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released their second annual Goalkeepers report, calling for a "third wave" of poverty reduction focused on Africa's booming youth population.

Ocean advocates find new ways to link their cause with climate change
17 Sep 2018

While ocean conservationists have long pointed to the impacts that climate change is having on oceans, at the Global Climate Action Summit they launched a new agenda focused on the critical role the ocean plays in the fight against climate change.

Feeding a growing world as it faces climate change
17 Sep 2018

The global food system is getting its moment in the spotlight at the Global Climate Action summit, with several funding announcements signaling a new focus on an industry that accounts for about a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Q&A: Darren Walker on heeding the wisdom, and funding the work, of local communities
13 Sep 2018

The president of the Ford Foundation spoke with Devex at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco about the challenges and opportunities for funders to support local climate solutions.

For startups based in Africa, investors often join founders in making the pitch
12 Sep 2018

An investment manager from the Global Innovation Fund joined the CEO of a Nigeria-based company at TechCrunch Disrupt, with both of them pitching, in what is emerging as a trend among investors supporting emerging market entrepreneurs.

What 'exponential medicine' means for global health
27 Aug 2018

Daniel Kraft, the faculty chair for medicine at Singularity University, talked with Devex about what technologies that double in processing power and halve in cost year after year mean for global health.