Catherine Cheney


Catherine Cheney covers the West Coast global development community for Devex. Since graduating from Yale University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science, Catherine has worked as a reporter and editor for a range of publications including World Politics Review, POLITICO, and NationSwell, a media company and membership network she helped to build. She is also an ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network and the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute.

Latest Articles

Q&A with the head of Taking big bets on bold ideas
23 Mar 2017

Jacquelline Fuller, president of, speaks the languages of both Silicon Valley and global development. She talks to Devex about making the most of your expertise to have greater impact.

Q&A: CEO of on bringing water to 5 million people through social impact investing
22 Mar 2017

On World Water Day, Gary White talks to Devex about how his organization rolled out its WaterCredit program to millions, and why he believes it could offer a sustainable solution to water access. announces $50M for education and tech
21 Mar 2017

Google's philanthropic arm has announced its largest commitment to a single topic area ever, with $50 million in support for NGOs working to improve education with technology over the next two years.

Why the momentum for mangroves?
21 Mar 2017

On International Day of Forests, Devex checks in on the growing interest in mangrove forests, which store more carbon per hectare than any other form of forested areas on the planet.

The global development lowdown at SXSW
15 Mar 2017

Every year, tens of thousands flock to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest — a "destination for discovery" for music, film and technology. Here are top takeaways for global development professionals.

Vint Cerf: Google's internet evangelist on the next steps in connectivity
14 Mar 2017

Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, drew a huge crowd at South by Southwest this week. He spoke to Devex about the next steps in connecting the billions of people worldwide who remain without internet access.

Q&A: President of the Caterpillar Foundation on policy and partnerships
14 Mar 2017

At the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation and director of corporate social innovation at Caterpillar Inc., talks about her partnership with

Q&A: Why the Gates Foundation is working with governments to digitize payments
13 Mar 2017

Daniel Radcliffe, of the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tells Devex that the global development community needs to build infrastructure at the center to unlock innovation at the edges — and advocacy is key to this.

Philanthropists have a new way to partner on the SDGs
13 Mar 2017

The SDG Philanthropy Platform aims to coordinate foundations and draw them into national conversations to advance progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

What can the sharing economy bring to emerging markets?
9 Mar 2017

Sharing economy adviser April Rinne says that the concept emphasizes access to resources over ownership of them and talks to Devex about the benefits of the "sharing city."