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

How to tell your story better
23 Apr 2018

Storytelling at NGOs is typically focused on attracting funds - but there are many reasons to tell a story, and many ways to do it. Devex spoke to experts to find out how nongovernmental organizations can develop more creative storytelling strategies with impact that extends beyond donations.

Q&A: Gates experts on how to beat malaria with data
20 Apr 2018

As the Malaria Summit gathers in London this week, Devex speaks to two Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation experts — Philip Welkhoff, head of the malaria program, and Trevor Mundel, president of global health — about why data and surveillance will be central to overcoming stagnation in the fight against the disease.

Tackling how new technologies can help the world's poorest
13 Apr 2018

As emerging technologies from AI to blockchain to automation enter the world economy, experts at Skoll heard how development sector organizations can best harness their power for social good.

New report outlines ways blockchain can solve problems that matter
13 Apr 2018

At the Skoll World Forum, RippleWorks Foundation and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business released a report called “Blockchain for Social Impact: Moving Beyond the Hype." The report aims to show how blockchain is already having a serious impact on the development sector.

New $250M Audacious Project from TED announces first recipients
11 Apr 2018

TED and its partners announced the first-ever recipients of The Audacious Project, a new model of philanthropic collaboration that replaces the TED Prize. The winners included SightSavers, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, GirlTrek, and The Bail Project.

What are the secrets to nonprofit startup success?
11 Apr 2018

One of the big questions that social entrepreneurs bring to the Skoll World Forum each year is how they can scale their impact. Devex sat down with Kathleen Kelly Janus, who spent five years researching just that, to find out more.

Lancet Commission to develop first-ever roadmap for malaria eradication
10 Apr 2018

Led by the University of California, San Francisco, and funded by the Gates Foundation, the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication will bring together 24 world experts to analyze how to end the disease for good.

What the Facebook scandal means for 'data for good'
6 Apr 2018

Responding to a public relations nightmare, Facebook has announced new measures to restrict data access. But what are the implications for partners in areas such as global health and disaster response?

Silicon Valley's role in shifting the education sector from access to outcomes
30 Mar 2018

Bay Area entrepreneurs and investors are behind new education models, from private schools to education technology to workforce readiness, in a sector that has been notoriously slow to change.

Innovation at Mercy Corps: How to make solutions last
30 Mar 2018

As part of a series of conversations with the people driving change at aid agencies and NGOs worldwide, Devex sat down with Mercy Corps innovation lead Myriam Khoury. Six months into the job, she said she is still learning which models work best when it comes to supporting scalable solutions to global challenges — but has some early insights to share.