About Gates Institute

Gates Institute, housed within a leading academic institution at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has a long history of engaging and training tomorrow’s leaders.

What We Do


Founded with the mission of Scholarship and Science for Social Change, the Gates Institute has been a trailblazer for innovation in the fields of family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics for more than 20 years.

The Institute features a dynamic, innovative working environment, with opportunities to work with leaders in research, advocacy, and programs, both established and emerging; to contribute at a high level to sustainable, positive change for women and men, communities, and countries.

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.

A Global Leader in Family Planning


In 1997 a two-year planning grant from what would become the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spawned an institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH) to build population and reproductive health capacity in the developing world.

In 1999 the Gates Foundation provided an additional $20 million to establish the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at JHSPH, capitalizing on the school’s global public health leadership.

Over the last two decades, Gates Institute has worked with more than 200 partners of which over 80% are southern-based. Gates Institute has grown to become the home of innovative thinking and a global leader in revitalizing reproductive health and gender quality on national and international policy and research agendas.

Scholarship and science for social change.


Throughout the Institute’s history our tagline has remained its guide: scholarship and science for social change.

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 programs in 27 countries.

Two decades 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.

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Preparing for the NextGen


Gates Institute has continued to build upon an essential pillar of our work by identifying, encouraging and preparing this next generation of family planning and reproductive health leaders.

The Gates Institute works collaboratively with partner institutions to build scientific and programmatic leadership skills by conducting research to benefit communities, promote evidence-based reproductive health policies, and strengthen both health governance and technical capacities.

The Gates Institute is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of individuals and institutions in low- and middle-income countries to address the countries’ population development and reproductive health needs.