The Gates Institute is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries to address the countries' population development and reproductive health needs. The Gates Institute works collaboratively with partner institutions to build scientific and programmatic leadership skills by strengthening postgraduate training, conducting research to benefit communities, and promoting evidence-based reproductive health policies.

The Gates Institute has had ongoing collaborations with universities in Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. Investing in leadership development and strengthening institutional capacities have, in turn, guided communities and households to become their own producers of health while protecting the well-being of their members. 

To share lessons learned, partners met at least once a year to discuss progress, successes, challenges and solutions in their academic programs and community-oriented initiatives. Partners have developed enduring relationships with one another, with Gates Institute–affiliated faculty and students and with other resource experts.