12 July 2006
Capacity building seminar in Berlin with Macedonian think tank REAKTOR

Over the past six 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.

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.

Natasa, Neda and GeraldIn July, ESI held a capacity building seminar in Berlin with REAKTOR from Skopje (Macedonia) to discuss their research on the village Pestani at Lake Ohrid. The tradition rich Pestani is representative of the workings and problems of the municipality of Ohrid. It has shown its importance and interconnections with Ohrid and municipality-wide problems including economic, social and environmental issues. It has problems of a city while still being a village and its story intertwines with those most important for the understanding of the whole area.

Telling the story of this village in a detailed case-study will help not only to understand its problems much better but also to identify instruments to overcome them.

Neda, Natasa, Gerald, Andrej and Eggert
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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