In SMART, a focus was placed on building a strategic network from the very start of the project. This was done inter alia through a project-related program in which a total of 26 doctoral students from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Germany participated. The setting and the maintenance of this network reflect a sustainable use of the SMART project, as many of the former graduate students now work in decision-making leadership positions in government agencies and ministries.
In addition, a scientific exchange program (Scientific Advanced Training) was established to promote ongoing scientific exchange between partners from the region and Germany. In SMART II alone, ten scientists from the three countries visited Germany under the above program. The publication and dissemination of the results are documented by more than 35 papers in international journals. Furthermore, SMART can look back on more than 80 contributions to international conferences and, for example, was the co-organizer of the IWRM conference in Dresden and Karlsruhe.
In order to overcome further societal and political barriers that impede implementation and to set impulses for a sustainable development on different social strata, capacity development activities targeting different and essential stakeholder groups were realized: