Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health

innovation in the fields of family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics for more than 20 years


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20+ Years of Positive Disruptions

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Scholarship & Science for Social Change

Gates Institute, housed within a leading academic institution at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has become a global leader in family planning science and scholarship with a long history of engaging and training tomorrow’s leaders.

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A Global Leader in Family Planning Since 1999

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health launched in 1999 in response to a global need for investments in effective family planning and reproductive health programs and research efforts. Building on the Bloomberg School’s global public health leadership, the Institute’s work translates science into action with projects in 22 countries.

Twenty years later, the Institute celebrates progress to date and forges new commitments to increase access to family planning and to improve reproductive health for women and men, communities and countries across the world.

We invest in bold ideas to unlock progress on family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and related health areas.

Gates Institute's Impact

Facilitating knowledge generation, exchange, and use

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.

Advocacy Wins

Surveys Completed

Implementing Cities

Advance Family Planning

Advance Family Planning

The Advance Family Planning initiative is a paradigm of effective advocacy; its ground-tested AFP SMART approach has transformed the way family planning advocates maximize their time and funds to persuade those in power to take action.

Performance Monitoring for Action

Performance Monitoring for Action

Performance Monitoring for Action project is grounded in an innovative smartphone-based infrastructure that trains and deploys local female data collectors (resident enumerators, or REs), enabling frequent, high-quality generation of actionable data on family planning and other health topics.

The Challenge Initiative

The Challenge Initiative

Through The Challenge Initiative, the Gates Institute is scaling up a successful urban reproductive health program to improve voluntary access to contraceptive services, supplies and information among the world’s urban poor.

Priority Health Areas

We cultivate new ways of thinking and doing to amplify locally led change. Together with local partners, we identify and act on ideas with the greatest promise to advance universal, equitable access to SRHR and enhance well-being.
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Initiatives that aim to increase the financial investment and political commitment needed to ensure access to quality, voluntary family planning


Family Planning & Reproductive Health COVID-19 Resources to ensure all continue to receive the quality reproductive healthcare they need

Demographic Dividend

Rapid economic growth from social and economic investments made in health, education, governance, and the economy


Fueling a data revolution to guide family planning programs

Urban Health

A “business unusual” approach to financing, scaling up and sustaining high-impact family planning solutions for the urban poor


Enabling young people to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health

20 Years of Positive Disruptions

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#NextGen FP Leadership

Gates Institute continues to identify, develop, and connect the new generation of family planning leaders through powerful programs and platforms such as the Gates Scholars, the 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, Gates Institute Global Health Leadership Accelerator program, the ever-growing, youth-focused opportunities at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), which was born out of the 2013 ICFP.
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Spotlight on Youth Initiatives

The NextGen Catalyst Initiative aims to ensure harmonized efforts to develop and leverage emerging family planning leaders across the world to accelerate the transformation of FP & SRHR program implementation, research and advocacy agendas, as well as scale-up high-impact solutions worldwide. 

International Conference on Family Planning

Through the biennial International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), 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.

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Countries represented

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We're committed to inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, and equity.

We are actively working every day to create an anti-racist environment where we fuel our creativity and excellence by cultivating a more equitable, inclusive, and socially just community.

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