Radwan, Ismail

Europe and Central Asia
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Last updated: January 31, 2023
Ismail Radwan is a lead public sector specialist in the World Bank. He has been based in Bucharest since July 2015. He currently leads the World Bank financed Revenue Administration Modernization Project (RAMP) as well as the Bank’s support to establish a strategy unit at the center of government. During 2012-2015 Radwan was the Country Program Coordinator for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries in the World Bank's European and Central Asia department, based in Washington D.C. During that time, he lead the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) which programs the World Bank Group’s engagement with Romania during the period 2014-2018. Prior to taking up this assignment in 2012 he was based in Nigeria where he led the Bank’s work in innovation, finance and private sector development. Between 2005-2008 he was based in Colombo, Sri Lanka where he managed a number of high profile projects for the Bank including the e-Sri Lanka initiative.  Radwan studied economics and politics at Oxford University and then received a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has lived and worked in more than thirty countries. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2000, Radwan was a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers London in the economics and strategy department. Radwan is originally from Cairo Egypt and speaks English, Arabic and French.

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    India : Private Health Services for the Poor
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2005-05) Radwan, Ismail
    Despite India's great strides since independence, fertility, mortality, and morbidity remain unacceptably high. Although poverty and low levels of education are the root causes of poor health outcomes, poor stewardship over the health system bears some responsibility. Although India's states exhibit a wide variation in health outcomes, all but the best-performing states need to focus on improving both sexual and reproductive health care and child health care, and on reducing communicable diseases for the poor. This paper examines the public and private responses to this situation detailing the reasons behind the failure of the public sector and ways in which the private sector can be encouraged to play a role in providing health care for the poor in India. The paper concludes that there are three promising areas for the private sector including; (i) contracting out the primary health centers, (ii) social franchising and (iii) demand-led financing. The study is focused on what to do to improve health care for the poor, while a series of separate background papers focus on how to do it, and state specific issues in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, and Punjab.