Kosovo's dynamic think tank - IKS
To illustrate how labour intensive capacity building is we can use the example of ESI capacity building in Kosovo with a new think-tank, IKS, since early 2005:
Following an initial seminar and the formation of a local research team a joint ambitious research agenda is defined in early 2005: to undertake a governance assessment of the (obviously badly governed) capital of Kosovo, Pristina.
Research begins: it involves collecting a large number of official documents, and dozens of interviews. It involves coming up with a draft outline of how to approach the issue of governance in Pristina: what in ESI parlance is called a Storyboard. Interviews are collected, analysed, discussed in the research team. The first collections of research, ESI Material Collections, are put together.
However, by the autumn of 2005 it emerges that the best way to tell the Pristina story and change perceptions and assumptions of policy makers and the wider community (and thus influence the wider public debate on governance) is to focus on specific sub-stories which need to be researched more: one is the story of the strategic urban plan 'Pristina 2020' and the effort by the local urban planners to manipulate data and information to engage in an expensive exercise of 'utopian planning'; a second is the difficulty of finding any information on the development of the city since 1945, and how this 'missing' identity might be related to current governance; and a third are current economic trends