The first step – seminars
In each country where ESI has undertaken capacity building, the starting point has been a 2-3 day initial seminar.
For this, a group of between 15 and 25 people are selected following an open announcement in newspapers and through local civil society organisations.
To provoke discussion and reaction, we use a dynamic teaching process that draws on ESI’s own experience: 4 people sitting in a cafe in Sarajevo in summer 1999, wrestling with conceptual and practical problems:
- how to combine ambitious research agendas with tight budgets;
- how to produce research in politically divided societies that can gain broad credibility;
- how to have an impact simultaneously on external actors (international financial institutions and governments) and on domestic policy makers;
- how to organise a process of institutional learning that enables a policy group to build up a track record of analytical excellence as a team.