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

Q&A: How a skeptic helped design Co-Impact’s approach to giving
17 Apr 2019

Rakesh Rajani didn't see a lot of promise in "billionaires who live in their bubbles in the global north can solve problems in the global south." Devex catches up with him to find out what eventually sold him on the model.

What does the World Bank's Silicon Valley strategy look like now?
12 Apr 2019

Its disruptive technology approach was catalyzed in the former president's office, but the World Bank Group's Silicon Valley strategy was never going to vanish with Jim Kim's departure, staff explain to Devex.

3 ways to prepare for the 'new wave of innovation in philanthropy'
8 Apr 2019

Devex collects insights from experts at the Global Philanthropy Forum on how donors can work together to move philanthropy forward, including creative ways to engage high net worth individuals.

Q&A: Hewlett Foundation's Ruth Levine on how donors can stop 'undercutting chances of success'
1 Apr 2019

Ruth Levine, program director of the global development and population program at the Hewlett Foundation, has come to the end of her term. Devex asks Levine about the changes she spearheaded at the foundation and what she wants to see done differently in the sector.

New alliances to scale up access to a 700-year-old technology
27 Mar 2019

Governments, international organizations, and private sector companies are starting to see the benefits of eyeglasses beyond health.

Q&A: USAID's chief innovation officer on whole-of-agency integration
25 Mar 2019

Nearly six months into her new role as chief innovation officer, Alexis Bonnell tells Devex what's next for USAID's approach to new ideas.

Inside the largest hub for global humanitarian medical aid in the US
18 Mar 2019

Direct Relief completed its new 155,000-square-foot headquarters in California in 2018. Devex visited the facility to find out how the nonprofit approaches disaster response.

How digital identity can address both protection and inclusion
15 Mar 2019

Digital identification systems have become an international development priority. Now, NGOs, donors, and tech actors seek to strike a balance between doing no harm and leaving no one behind.

How to shape a data solution for social impact, according to a data scientist
13 Mar 2019

Data science can help global development organizations achieve their goals, but where to begin? Jake Porway, head of DataKind, shares how he scopes and designs data science to help solve "wicked problems."

Q&A: GSMA director general on how to partner with the mobile industry
11 Mar 2019

Devex catches up with Mats Granyrd, director general at the trade body for mobile network operators GSMA, to find out how the global development community can effectively partner to bring network connectivity to the last mile.