Our Work

The Gates Institute was founded with a focus on two concentrations: core leadership development and institutional support for leadership training and research. The need to strengthen individual capacities in the developing world, but also to build institutional capacities so indigenous programs could succeed. Read more about our history here.

Over the past fifteen-plus years, the Gates Institute has evolved and expanded into a four-pillar model that collectively further the realization of our goals. The Institute continues to fill critical gaps in knowledge and generate new evidence to address questions that drive social change by pioneering research innovation and improve research methodologies. The Performance, Monitoring and Accountability 2020 project is grounded in an innovative smartphone-based resident enumerator infrastructure that enables the gathering and rapid turnaround of population data on family planning and water, sanitation and hygiene.

This new knowledge is then translated into evidence-based policy, programs and practice. Advance Family Planning (AFP) is a paradigm of effective advocacy to implement country-level changes; its Cascade Model is used globally to monitor and evaluate the systematic translation of advocacy efforts into policy changes. The interactive Family Planning Voices Installation captures the stories of individuals working to improve access to family planning around the world. Through the biennial International Conference on Family Planning, the largest academic conference of its kind, the Gates Institute works with governments and partner organizations to bring together the family planning community to share knowledge and best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward for family planning worldwide.

The Gates Institute remains committed to strengthening the next generation of champions, through its new initiative 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders and its support of the International Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP). With a network of global partners, the Gates Institute builds centers of excellence that cultivate young researchers and advocates who catalyze change.

To spur such progress, the Gates Institute collaborates with its partners to invest in innovative, high return and transformational approaches to advance family planning and reproductive health services. Always at the forefront of the population agenda, the Gates Institute is driving development in demographic dividend policy, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through The Challenge Initiative (TCI), the Gates Institute is scaling-up a successful urban reproductive health program piloted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working to improve voluntary access to contraceptive services, supplies and information among the world's urban poor.