Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. Photo by: Reny Preussker

SAN FRANCISCO — When Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, listens to representatives from indigenous peoples organizations in meetings surrounding the Global Climate Action Summit, he is left with a question: Who is funding them?

“What you often hear [from donors] is, we don’t have a mechanism to reach people on the ground, or we’re not comfortable giving money to an intermediary,” he said.

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    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.