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 Facebook has tripled its Disaster Maps partnerships
18 Dec 2018

When disaster strikes, these datasets provide critical insights into where help is needed, so a growing number of organizations have joined the initiative despite concerns about partnering with Facebook.

Why NGOs of the future must put mission first
14 Dec 2018

This year’s Global Washington conference narrowed in on ways that nonprofits can restructure in this period of uncertainty of funding for global health.

Gates Foundation CEO on the importance of innovation, but also prioritization
14 Dec 2018

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said she is committed to saying no more often. Following a busy year with several new programs, the Gates Foundation plans to spend 2019 refining its strategies.

Q&A: Smart policy as the key to a clean energy economy
13 Dec 2018

"You don't need concessionary finance to do the right thing," says Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco based energy and environmental policy firm, "you need ordinary finance with smart policy to do the right thing."

Q&A: As demographics change, cities play key role in advancing the SDGs
12 Dec 2018

Kate Gilmore, U.N. deputy high commissioner for human rights, calls on the global development community to adapt in order to reflect the shift of people from rural to urban settings and the world’s growing youth population.

The challenges of bringing malaria innovations to scale
12 Dec 2018

A hackathon jointly organized by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and University of California, San Francisco, serves as a reminder of some of the barriers in the way of taking new ideas for malaria eradication from the lab to the field.

Meet a technologist building digital data systems for dirt
5 Dec 2018

William Wu, co-founder and CEO of QED, speaks with Devex about his work with the African Soil Information Service and other international development projects that require data systems and machine learning solutions.

Innovation at WFP: A safe space combined with scale
29 Nov 2018

Enrica Porcari, director of technology at the World Food Programme and chair of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, talks to Devex about pathways for technologies to deliver real outcomes in humanitarian assistance.

Can this movement get more donors to maximize their impact?
27 Nov 2018

While the effective altruism movement is growing, it still tends to resonate with a relatively narrow demographic — but efforts are underway to make the philosophy more accessible.

Scaling up efforts in blood donation innovation
22 Nov 2018

A number of efforts are seeking to bring innovation to the blood cold chain, and the most successful ones focus both on technological solutions, and on national health care policy and infrastructure.