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

Gates doubles down on malaria eradication with influential new group
20 Jan 2017

Bill Gates and Ray Chambers plan to mobilize the voices and networks of influential End Malaria Council members to help ensure the world has the political commitment, resources, and tools it needs to end the disease.

How this tech startup drew the attention of Gavi, Gates and Google
18 Jan 2017

One of the partnerships to emerge at Davos will help Nexleaf Analytics scale its work. The organization has set itself apart not just by gathering data, but ensuring that data is actionable and useful.

Foundations rally behind an industry in turmoil
18 Jan 2017

Those who made their fortunes in tech are now considering how civic media fits into the landscape of issues they want to support. Here are highlights from a Silicon Valley event last week — part of a strategic rethinking by philanthropists and foundations on their role in supporting media innovation.

Accelerating the path to zero hunger
18 Jan 2017

The U.N. World Food Program and Singularity University are launching a Global Impact Challenge. Devex visited the WFP's innovation accelerator in Munich, Germany, to learn about this model to identify and support innovations to end hunger by 2030.

With high-profile hiring announcement, CZI acknowledges the role of public policy in its work
10 Jan 2017

Mark Zuckerberg announces that David Plouffe, the former top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama who left the White House for Uber, is joining his philanthropic initiative. Ken Mehlman, former campaign manager for U.S. President George W. Bush, will also join Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead the policy advisory board.

A critical skill for global development professionals: Storytelling
10 Jan 2017

The story — from a fast pitch to a media kit to other investments ranging from social media outreach to film production — can make all the difference in goals such as raising funds, attracting investment, mobilizing supporters and bringing new partners on board.

The technology sector could make or break disability inclusion
9 Jan 2017

As Silicon Valley continues to emerge as a key partner to the global development community, there are calls for more private sector engagement on disability inclusion.

NASA chief scientist's message to the incoming administration
6 Jan 2017

In an exit interview, Ellen Stofan spoke with Devex about the connections between the space industry and the development sector, the importance of observing our planet and exploring the solar system, and her hopes for NASA under the new administration.

How to engage Silicon Valley in global development
3 Jan 2017

How to direct the attention of tech leaders toward global problems that could benefit from their dollars and ideas? Devex spoke with a range of Silicon Valley liaisons to gather takeaways for organizations and agencies looking to more successfully engage with the West Coast.

What will it take for the new Gates-led clean energy fund to be a breakthrough?
23 Dec 2016

Last week, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund that will invest in clean energy innovation. The latest in a range of new funds to tackle climate change, here's a look at the fund and how it could be different.