About Us



The Future We Strive For

We envision a world where population-based science and evidence are discovered, developed and translated to improve the lives of all through universal and equitable access to family planning and reproductive health.

GI believes that the only way to achieve sustainable progress in FP and RH – progress that actually translates into empowerment and choice for women – is through evidence-informed practice and policy that is driven at the country level.  We envision an evidence driven world where all persons can make informed reproductive health decisions and have access to services to realize their choices.


The Contribution of the Gates Institute

The Gates Institute conducts and facilitates cutting-edge research in family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics and translates science into evidence-informed policies, programs, and practice. The Institute works as an innovator, partner, advocate, and convener to bridge the gap between knowledge and implementation and promote access to universal reproductive health and family planning for all.

GI is uniquely positioned to contribute to the global advancement and understanding of FP, RH and population issues.  Our position within JHSPH allows the institute to have strong academic rigor that informs our research, positioning GI as a credible partner, advocate and convener.  Going forward, GI will continue to conduct cutting-edge research with key institutions in countries where universal access to FP and RH services is still a distant goal. Equally, we will leverage our academic expertise, in-country partnerships and global convening power to maximize the impact of new evidence and knowledge to ensure critical research informs change in a sustainable way.  Ultimately, GI aims to be the knowledge leader on research and evidence-informed practice and policy change on our core issues at the global and country levels.


Each individual pillar makes a specific contribution to the achievement of our goals, yet all four are synergistically intertwined, overlapping and building upon one another. This strategy will allow us to show impact at multiple levels: individual, institutional, national and global. We believe this comprehensive approach to be essential for achieving long-term, systemic change, particularly in light of a new development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Fill critical gaps in knowledge and generate new evidence

  • Translate evidence into policies, programs and practice

  • Strengthen the next generation of champions

  • Catalyze change through innovative investments and collaborations


The Gates Institute is located within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read about the Institute's history.