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.
In its first three Goalkeepers reports, the Gates Foundation outlined steady progress on the SDGs, from reductions in malnutrition to improvements in literacy. The 2020 edition illustrates how COVID-19 has both stalled and reversed progress.
Donor-advised funds are an untapped fundraising opportunity, says David Risher, CEO of Worldreader. As the pandemic forces many nonprofits to close their doors, #HalfMyDAF is one of several calls for DAF holders to give now, when the need is greatest.
The data will allow policymakers to compare women’s empowerment in Kenya with other countries and design programs, laws, and policies to close the gender gap, says Maureen Gitonga, gender statistics program specialist at UN Women.
Because of its massive user base and end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp emerged as the best option for WHO to broadcast COVID-19 information — but a number of challenges stand in the way of it being the perfect solution to keep people informed.
Silicon Valley companies met with the World Health Organization to share ideas on addressing COVID-19 before it became a pandemic. Andy Pattison, WHO manager of digital solutions, discusses how the agency approaches these tech partnerships and where they stand now.
Tuesday marks the launch of the COVID-19 Action Fund for Africa, which brings more than 30 members together in “the largest mobilization of private resources to protect Africa’s frontline health workers from COVID-19.”
A growing number of NGOs are building chatbots to meet needs from a distance during COVID-19. Devex catches up with several organizations that already utilize messaging platforms to gather emerging best practices.