6 March 2004
Capacity Building Seminars for young reseachers in Macedonia

Realising the relative absence of policy-oriented research in the region undertaken by people from the region itself, ESI and the Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia organized two policy research workshops (each 2 days long) for young Macedonian reseachers in Ohrid.

The aim was to support the development of domestic policy institutes. The participants applied after reading the announcement in the Macdonia newspapers Utrinski Vesnik and Fakti and were chosen by Kristof Bender (ESI analyst) and Fani Karanfilova (FOSIM). We asked for people that were interested in policy oriented research, have a university degree, at least passive understanding of English and that are not older than 35 years.

Both seminars were conducted with 10 people each, and the good mood and athmosphere can be seen on the pictures taken (see our photoalbum). New working relations within the Macedonians have been established, and we will soon see first results of a genuine local research.

About us
Photo credits
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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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com