Marty Makinen, PhD, is a Managing Director at Results for Development Institute (R4D). He oversees and contributes to a portfolio of work by R4D through global and country specific projects and activities in health financing and systems. Global projects include the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), led by Jhpiego; a Health Financing and Governance (HFG) project, led by Abt Associates; and Joint Learning Network on Universal Health Coverage (JLN on UHC), funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Country specific projects include Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, and Benin. Specific topics taken up by this work include the development and implementation of health financing strategies, developing tools for diagnosis of health systems barriers and solutions to them, costs and financing of specific services, private-sector roles in health, development of UHC health insurance systems and institutions, health financing systems and quality, and domestic resource mobilization for health, among others.
Dr. Makinen is an economist with more than 40 years of experience. Before joining R4D in 2008, he spent 23 years at Abt Associates Inc., where he directed three global health financing and systems projects. In addition, he has held academic positions at the Universities of Delaware and Michigan.
Dr. Makinen has worked with more than 40 low- and middle-income countries on practical solutions to systems, financing, and economic issues in all regions of the world, with specific emphasis on Francophone Africa and South Asia. He is a native speaker of English and speaks fluent French. Dr. Makinen has numerous publications and speaks frequently at professional meetings. He holds a PhD and master's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College.