Imagine that you are a group of 3 to 4 young people, with some relevant but still limited experience, sitting in a café in Tirana, Pristina or Skopje. You feel that public policy – both by your own government and by outside organisations having an impact on your government – is not based on an adequate understanding of what is going on in your country. You decide that instead of complaining you want to do something about this. What do you do? Since 2004 ESI has offered capacity building seminars for people interested in answering this question.
Realising the need for policy-oriented research undertaken by local actors, ESI has started to build up analytical capacity in Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bosnia Herzegovina and is now planning to support young researchers in and Serbia as well as in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
As yet, ESI's capacity building efforts have given birth to five dynamic think tanks: