21 January 2005
Capacity building seminar in Istanbul with Macedonian and Kosovar groups

Over the past five years, ESI has been developing a distinctive form of socio-economic research in the Balkans, which is widely recognised and respected by policy makers in the region and the international community. ESI has done detailed portraits of Kosovar municipalities. This case-study approach has been used to explore some of the most important dynamics in post-war Kosovo.

Zhidas Daskalovski and Marija Risteska

In 2004, ESI has launched an innovative capacity building project for young analysts. ESI analysts are actively supporting and coaching a number of newly formed analysts' groups by undertaking joint field-research, providing input to internal discussions as well as editorial support and advice on policy advocacy.

In the end of January, ESI held a capacity building seminar in Istanbul with three groups: one Macedonian group working on Stip (CRPM), another Macedonian working on Ohrid (Europa Initiative), and one Kosovo group working on Pristina (IKS: Kosovo Initiative for Stability).

Gerald Knaus at flipchart

All three groups had collected substantial amounts of data in their field-research and presented their findings in several intense discussions with ESI analysts. Though neither group has published a report as yet, there is already a clear common red thread running through their findings. All of the researched cities live rather off the past than of present resources. At this moment their public policy is inadequate to deal with the challenges of a changing economic and social structure as well as with international competition.

Telling the stories of these cities in detailed case-studies will help not only to understand their problems much better but also to identify instruments to overcome them.

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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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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