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

Taking a systems-change approach to ending NTDs
12 Nov 2018

While neglected tropical diseases are often portrayed as simple problems with easy solutions, the reality is far more complex. Research from a systems change fellow at the END Fund reflects that.

How data can provide the world with a roadmap for peace
9 Nov 2018

The "Positive Peace Report 2018" identifies what makes countries peaceful, then draws on that data to outline how societies can improve, helping donors and NGOs treat violence as a development challenge.

At the Reinvented Toilet Expo, new commitments to bring innovation to sanitation
6 Nov 2018

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, together with development institutions UNICEF and the Agence Française de Développement, made new commitments to sanitation.

A look at digital credit in Kenya and why access alone is not enough
2 Nov 2018

An impact report from Tala, a Los Angeles-based mobile technology startup, offers important insights for the growing digital lending sector.

New alliance aims to align global health activities in the Bay Area
31 Oct 2018

The Bay Area Global Health Alliance will bring together a network of organizations across a range of sectors, including nonprofits and universities, to strengthen their global health impact.

Innovation at Gavi: 'The status quo will not suffice'
29 Oct 2018

Moz Siddiqui, manager of strategic innovation and partnerships at Gavi, discusses how the vaccine alliance works with technology companies in the Bay Area and beyond to improve vaccine delivery.

Q&A: Rajiv Shah on the Rockefeller Foundation's new priorities and strategies
29 Oct 2018

The Rockefeller Foundation has new areas of focus, an emphasis on data and collaboration, and ideas for drawing commercial investment to the SDGs. Devex sat down with the foundation's president to discuss these.

Why blended finance deals require getting outside your comfort zone
29 Oct 2018

Donors and investors may have to move into uncharted territory for innovative financing mechanisms to lead to meaningful investments.

Connect the unconnected: Making the economics work
26 Oct 2018

At the Social Capital Markets conference, attendees discussed financing internet access, or making the economics work to connect the unconnected in rural areas.

Using the 'lean startup' methodology to optimize for impact
25 Oct 2018

Ann Mei Chang, the former head of the Global Development Lab at USAID, shares key messages from her upcoming "Lean Impact" book at the Social Capital Markets conference in San Francisco, California.