5 July 2008
Researching rural realities in Georgia

Nigar Goksel from ESI's Istanbul office and Goran Buldioski of the Think Tank Fund visited Tbilisi in early June to discuss and evaluate the development of ESI's research in Georgia. Together with Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, ESI Georgia analyst, they met the local researchers involved in ESI's capacity building program.

Nigar and Ketevan interviewed a number of activists on gender issues after which Ketevan headed to three regions of Georgia - Guria, Adjara and Borjomi/Bakuriani for research on rural realities. Coupled with the field trip in Kakheti in mid May, a comprehensive picture of rural life is coming together.

ESI analyst Besa Shahini has now also joined Ketevan's research - her visit will span from 5 July until 20 July. Besa brings expertise from similar research in Kosovo.

Nigar and Lela Gaprindashvili (women activist)
Nigar and Lela Gaprindashvili (women activist)
Besa and Ketevan
Besa and Ketevan
Sights of Bakuriani/Borjomi
Sights of Bakuriani/Borjomi
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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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