DTP is capitalising on the SEE capitalisation experiences. One of recommendations was to provide stronger support in terms of structuring and guiding the capitalisation process. The DTP JS embraced the suggestion and offered the structured guidance to the Thematic Poles. The dynamic nature of capitalisation was taken into account and the Poles were advised which sets of activities were to be taken in order to kick off the capitalisation process. First, the focus has been put on cooperation within the Thematic Pole, with third programmes, initiatives, institutions, etc which has the aim to reinforce the existing networks of relevant stakeholders and create new ones, to fill in knowledge gaps by linking actors with complementary thematic specialisation, experiences, methodological approaches or territorial relevance.
As a starting point each Thematic Pole was advised to identify the synergies among the projects in the same TP. Each project delivered key words and common denominator / features / thematic field. This was crucial in understanding what is the capital potential of the TP.
Capitalisation and communication are strongly dependent on each other. This set of activities should be planned thoroughly as capitalisation will benefit from a good communication strategy implementation and thus will extend its effects.
The aim of internal and external communication is to enhance cooperation between the pole members, thus ensuring knowledge transfer within the pole and to make individual project outputs/ results as well as joint pole outputs/ results known to a broader group of stakeholders, experts’ communities and thus encourage the wider take-up of project outcomes inside and outside the DTP Programme Area.
The previous sets of activities – identification of synergies and communication is the prerequisite to start the capitalisation process, and the activities like Peer review / benchmarking / cross-fertilisation further deepen the capitalisation exercise and should result from a joint work and be a genuine result of capitalisation.
The aim is to identify solutions to common challenges through sharing good practices and methodologies, widen the scope of planned outputs, elaborate policy recommendations, common policy guidelines
This set of activities will broadly depend on the projects achievements in terms of reaching the objectives and it will be effective when the first deliverables and outputs are available to share the common experiences.