Gates Institute Receives $4.9 Million Grant

The Gates Institute announces a new $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support convenings of scientific policy and program-oriented meetings and events and for core staff to collaborate with other donors in developing innovative projects.

This grant builds on previous investments that established the Gates Institute as an entity with global influence and impact, with a focus on cutting-edge research, policy and advocacy work; innovating in developing performance monitoring platforms; and scaling up urban reproductive health. It also enables the Institute to sustain its partnerships with other donors in mobilizing youth and young people in the family planning movement, and to advance its work in demographic dividend.

“This investment recognizes the Gates Institute’s significant contributions to the family planning field, and its reputation as a neutral and respected convener of scientific meetings, including the International Family Planning Conference,” said Jose Rimon II, Director of the Gates Institute and Senior Scientist in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The ICFP is the largest global scientific gathering of its kind, and is hosted by the Institute every two years in collaboration with a host country and more than 100 organizations and donors.

“We congratulate the Gates Institute on this excellent news, and salute their track record of advancing family planning and reproductive health issues around the world through policy and advocacy work,” said Cynthia Minkovitz, Chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in which the Gates Institute is located.

The grant also enables core staff to continue supporting the major programs implemented by the Institute: the advocacy initiative Advance Family Planning (AFP), whose approaches have achieved 450 advocacy wins, including increased budgets for family planning, improved policies to expand contraceptive access and choice, and higher visibility for family planning in its 10 focus countries; the innovative smartphone-based data collection project Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020), which has conducted more than 44 survey rounds in 4 years, gathering and disseminating data on family planning and other health indicators on a more rapid biannual or annual basis; and The Challenge Initiative (TCI), which offers a “business unusual” approach to improving reproductive health and family planning services in urban slums. Since launching in 2016, TCI has received more than 60 expressions of interest from the areas covered by its four hubs — East Africa, Francophone West Africa, Nigeria and India — and has so far approved 22 proposals, with 15 urban areas set to begin implementation in fall 2017. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00