TRANSCODE aims to transcend ‘nationalist thinking in transnationalism’ and ultimately link together transnational community organizations (TCOs) from different countries with other migration and development stakeholders. This is made possible by encouraging the TRANSCODE participants to embark into transnational development projects throughout the programme. It is expected that in the forthcoming programme periods that new project ideas will emerge.
Today, the transnational spin-off project ideas as results of Transcode 1 (Tagaytay City and Soesterberg) and 2 (Elmina, so far) are in the different stages of development. Three criteria were used to assess each project: a) the extent of real change the project will generate; b) the extent of multi-sectorality in approach, and c) the mutuality/bi-directionality of benefits. The involvement of multiple stakeholders and the sharing of benefits by both sending and receiving countries were heavily emphasized and the transnational characters of the projects.