The Gates Institute Celebrates 20 Years of Scholarship & Science for Social Change

In 2019, the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is celebrating our 20th anniversary - 20 years of Scholarship & Science for Social Change.

We are delighted to announce the special events and programs that will occur throughout 2019 to celebrate this milestone, and to contribute to strengthening the family planning and public health community and furthering the momentum from the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning to 2020 and beyond.

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Selection of the Final 40 Winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders

March-September 2019

In this final year of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, the last cohort of 40 outstanding young family planning champions will be chosen by the public and a jury of experts in family planning and reproductive health. Each winner will receive $1,000, as well as the opportunity to partake in high-level networking, programmatic and research opportunities and tools to strengthen their skills, especially in storytelling, personal brand development, advocacy and leadership.

The new 120 Under 40 winners are now available on the official website. Congratulations to all of our winners!


Future of Family Planning Thought Leadership Funding Opportunity

April-July 2019

As a follow-up to the International Conference on Family Planning, the Gates Institute announces the new Future of Family Planning Thought Leadership funding opportunity, which will help support the imagination of researchers, scholars, advocates and practitioners to advance cutting-edge ideas born out of the 2018 ICFP. Participants in the 2018 ICFP (both virtual and in-person) can compete by writing a 3-page (1,500-word) essay outlining their ideas and how the ideas can change the world in the next 10 to 15 years. In addition to the monetary award, recipients will be funded to attend the Future of Family Planning Convening at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (outlined below), and a special Future of Family Planning invited session at the next ICFP that will showcase their work.

Congratulations to all our winners!

  • Jean Berchmans – Rwanda
  • Alice Cartwright – USA
  • Priti Chaudhary – India
  • Megan Christofield – USA
  • Anne Coolen – Netherlands
  • Dollarman Fatinato Natse – Kenya
  • Vicente Jurlano – Philippines
  • Ashish Kumar Srivastava – India
  • Nandita Kundu – India
  • Emmah Mwangi – Kenya
  • Costase Ndayishimiye – Rwanda
  • William Otuck – Tanzania
  • Lindsey van Clief – Netherlands

Winners have been notified and an outline of their innovative ideas will be included in the Future of Family Planning Convening report to be released at ICPD+25 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

120 Under 40 Ingenuity Fund

April-July 2019

The 120 Under 40 Ingenuity Fund seeks to galvanize the 120 Under 40 winners to think big and bold about family planning challenges. The fund is designed to reward fresh, inventive thinking that will enable breakthroughs in family planning and reproductive health — the kind of thinking that can cause a “positive disruption” in some aspect of family planning. It is a fitting funding opportunity for the 120 Under 40 winners, who are the next generation of family planning leaders; it will challenge them to grow as thought leaders and to participate even more fully in charting the course of family planning post-2020. 

Funding will range from USD $2,500 to USD $20,000. The concept underpinning this fund is “small is beautiful,” recognizing that seemingly small actions can have a huge impact. 

This opportunity allows the 120 Under 40 winners to not only receive additional also to access a global platform from which share that idea. The funded projects will be presented and shared globally on September 26, 2019, during the Gates Institute World Contraception Day Celebrations.

Applications closed May 7, 2019.

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners:

  • Laraib Abid – Pakistan
  • Peter Ngure – Kenya
  • Kizanne James – Trinidad & Tobago
  • Alison Hathaway – USA
  • Morenike Fajemisin – Nigeria
  • Lucy Wilson – USA

Announcement of the Next ICFP Location and Date

August 2019

As the larger family planning community looks “beyond 2020” to realign their goals and reposition for the future of family planning, Thailand’s family planning and reproductive health programs represent what is possible when government, public health groups, and civil society organizations work in tandem on health, rights, and poverty issues.

Held biennially since 2009, the ICFP serves as a strategic inflection point for the family planning and reproductive health community worldwide. It provides an opportunity for political leaders, scientists, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and youth to disseminate knowledge, celebrate successes, and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of enabling an additional 120 million women to access voluntary, quality contraception by 2020 – and beyond.

For more information, visit the newly launched official ICFP website, and start following #ICFP2021 on all your favorite social media platforms.

Gates Institute at Women Deliver Conference

June 3-6, 2019

Stop by and see us at the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver! The Gates Institute will host an exhibition booth (we’ll be in booth #503/#504), in which all Gates Institute programs (Advance Family Planning, Performance Monitoring for Action, and The Challenge Initiative) and initiatives (120 Under 40, ICFP, and Demographic Dividend) will be represented. The booth will also include our popular photo booth, where visitors can raise their voice about family planning and share it with the world! More info to come about other Gates Institute activities at the conference.

The Future of Family Planning Convening

September 12-13, 2019

Building on the Beyond 2020 session at the 2018 ICFP, the Gates Institute will host The Future of Family Planning Convening, a special two-day gathering that will bring together representatives from key family planning sectors to explore new, “business unusual,” positively disruptive ideas that could change the landscape of family planning and reproductive health in the next 10 to 15 years. These ideas may include (but are not limited to):

  • disruptive technologies – contraceptive and otherwise
  • youth leading change
  • new platforms for scale and sustainability
  • behavioral approaches that predict impact
  • business unusual” methodologies
  • accessing existing commercial and governmental financial resources
  • research approaches that drive policy change
  • rethinking community health worker models
  • social media and social movements
  • next-gen advocacy approaches

This special convening will be held in Baltimore, MD and will include experts from across the depth and breadth of the family planning community. The Future of Family Planning Convening Report is now available.

By invitation only.

2019 Global Health Leadership Accelerator

September 16-27, 2019

The 2019 Global Health Leadership Accelerator held in Baltimore, MD will engage mid-career policy-makers, program managers, advocates and academicians who exhibit exceptional promise and potential for leadership and achievement in public health. The two-week Leadership Accelerator will impart innovative approaches to leadership, program management, policy analysis, strategic planning, communications, advocacy and organizational change. Complementing the classroom instruction will be a series of Powerful Conversations, featuring eminent figures in public health who have effected transformational change for women, men and families all over the world.

Applications are now closed. For more details, visit the Leadership Accelerator webpage.


Powerful Conversations: Leaders Transforming The World

September 16-27, 2019

Held concurrently during the Leadership Accelerator, the Powerful Conversations: Leaders Transforming The World speaker series will feature dynamic conversations between two transformational leaders and will include audience Q&A.

Powerful Conversations Speaker Series

September 17

Featuring: Dr. Alfred Sommer, Dean Emeritus, JHSPH &
Jose "Oying" Rimon II, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Feinstone Hall
12:00 - 1:30 pm (Lunch will be served.)

September 24

Featuring: Dr. Leana Wen, Visiting Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health &
Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, JHBSPH
Sheldon Hall
12:20 - 1:20 pm

September 26 (World Contraception Day)

Featuring: Tlaleng Mofokeng, Author, Vice Chairperson of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa &
Susan Krenn, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs
Feinstone Hall
12:00 - 1:30 pm (Lunch will be served.)

Powerful Conversations are open to the Leadership Accelerator participants, JHU students, faculty, and staff.

World Contraception Day Celebration

September 26, 2019

The Gates Institute will once again host a World Contraception Day Celebration at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, featuring fun and informative family planning-themed activities. This event is organized in partnership with JHSPH student groups, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and other partners.

Additional activities on World Contraception Day include:

  • Family planning trvia with prizes
  • FP Voices Photo & Video booth
  • Contraceptives from aroun the world
  • Ask the Sexpert
  • Cookies, Condoms, & Coffee
  • and more!

Open to Johns Hopkins students, faculty and staff.

Please join us in Feinstone Hall from 11 am - 2 pm for this special event!