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

Video: Malcolm Gladwell at Devex World
11 Jul 2018

Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker writer, author of multiple bestselling books, and host of the Revisionist History podcast, stood out on the Devex World agenda. Gladwell speaks about the Surgo Foundation and changing minds and systems in the global development center.

The role of the global development community in the data revolution
2 Jul 2018

Speakers at Devex World warn that the next steps will be critical in determining whether the data revolution means new pathways out of poverty or just widens the gap for those already disenfranchised.

Innovation at Pact: Working on 'permissionless innovation' across 40 countries
29 Jun 2018

Michelle Risinger, innovation director at Pact, spoke on the opportunities and challenges for innovation in a sector where it can be difficult to find the time and funds — not to mention the space and permission.

The tech philanthropy move from product donation to digital transformation
28 Jun 2018

Companies such as Microsoft are redefining corporate philanthropy by pushing for a digital transformation of the nonprofit sector that will also benefit their bottom line.

Gates Foundation and USAID team up to bring design to health
25 Jun 2018

Over the weekend, at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, representatives of the two organizations launched a set of resources to help more global health practitioners to build their programs around the wants and needs of end users.

Why nonprofits are seeking out family foundations to support their work
11 Jun 2018

While early in their giving journey, the Straubel Family Foundation's approach to philanthropy is why nonprofits are so interested in foundations that derive their funds from a single family.

Paraguay is officially malaria free
11 Jun 2018

The World Health Organization announces that Paraguay is the first country in the Americas to be granted this status in 45 years and outlines what's next for malaria elimination in the region.

Hilton Foundation's CEO on its evolving priorities
7 Jun 2018

Last week, the CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced a number of significant changes to its priorities, focusing its programmatic investments in areas including homelessness and disaster relief, while phasing out its avoidable blindness program and three others.

Gates Foundation launches a new global education strategy
1 Jun 2018

The Gates Foundation shares its plans to spend $68 million over four years as part of an effort to ensure that access to education translates to learning outcomes for students around the world.

Innovation at IRC: 'What can we do to make the sector better?'
31 May 2018

In the fifth of our conversations with the people driving change at aid agencies and NGOs worldwide, Devex speaks with Ravi Gurumurthy, chief innovation officer at the International Rescue Committee, about what it takes to achieve real scale.