19 September 2006
Capacity Building workshops in Durres and Dajti (Albania)

ESI initiated two seminars in Albania to deepen its capacity building project. The first workshop on 19 and 20 September was jointly organised with OSI Kosovo. In Durres, the seminar "The Europeanisation of Kosovo" brought together representatives from several NGOs and civil society groups from Kosovo to create closer links among them and to discuss future common research projects.

Together with Agenda Institute, ESI organised another workshop on 21 and 22 September in the Dajti-Mountains close to Tirana ("How to conduct policy research"). ESI analysts introduced the 20 competitively selected participants to the research methodology ESI has developed in the past six years and encouraged them to apply a similar set of questions and techniques to understanding economic and social trends in their own society.

The overall objective was to foster local capacities for independent policy research in Albania and Kosovo. The main aims of the second capacity building seminar were 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.

Please see below some photos from the Dajti-seminar.

Group photo

Workshop participants

Workshop participants

View of seminar room
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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