5 March 2007
Capacity Building workshops in Sarajevo

ESI initiated two seminars in Bosnia to deepen its capacity building project. The first workshop on 5 March was jointly organised with Populari, a new Bosnian think tank. The main aim of this workshop was to raise the participants' methodological skills in order to allow them to carry out independent policy-oriented research in their country and to develop basic skills for policy advocacy.

Together with Osman Topcagic, director of the Directorate for European Integration for Bosnia and Hercegovina, ESI organised another workshop on 6 March. ESI analysts introduced senior civil servants from Bosnia, mostly from the Directorate for European Integration to the research methodology ESI has developed in the past seven years.

The overall objective was to foster local capacity for independent policy research in Bosnia and to help the directorate for European Integration by sharing ESI's findings on the current European debate on enlargement.

Alida Vracic (Populari) and Gerald Knaus (ESI)

Osman Topcagic and workshop participants

Workshop participants

Gerald Knaus (ESI), Alida Vracic (Populari), and Zoran Puljic (Mozaik)

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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