Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy 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 domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.
The Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers report highlights how gender and geography stand in the way of progress on the SDGs. It calls for a more targeted approach to address inequality down to the district level.
Open-source software has become the default choice for many nonprofits, but it doesn't always add as much value as they might think, according to several tech for development experts based in Silicon Valley.
"Wouldn't it be cool if we could teleport? ... That would check the ambition. But it wouldn't check the box of achievability." Tom Kalil, CIO at Schmidt Futures, explains how he sees moonshots for the SDGs.
Jim Cashel, author of "The Great Connecting," explains that the global development community will play an important role in maximizing benefits and minimizing risks as the world gains access to inexpensive, reliable broadband internet.
A $30 million investment in the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience, reflects growing recognition by USAID of the role that resilience must play in agricultural development.
As Sierra Leone launches its new national digital identity platform, proponents say the platform will provide citizens with formal identity, control over their credit information, and access to digital financial services.
Lauren Bradford of Candid and Lisa Cornish of Devex share insights from more than $58 billion in grants that the Gates Foundation has directed primarily to global health and international development priorities.