Building the next generation of leaders in the fields of population and reproductive health was the mission of the LDM program for over ten years.

The program's vision was that a critical mass of diverse leaders, working individually and collectively, would affect systematic changes that would improve reproductive health options and overall quality of life, especially for vulnerable populations.

The program was anchored by the core values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Equality, and Courage.

Across the five focus countries, LDM fellows worked on such pressing global health issues as adolescent reproductive health, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS and access to quality family planning services and improved maternal health care.

While the LDM program concluded its program activities in 2011, the work of the Fellows and the Fellows' networks continues. In addition, until the end of 2011, many activities took place both in the LDM countries and globally to share the lessons learned from this important program. A program evaluation was conducted in 2011.