NCSL has conducted a number of legislative exchanges around the globe. With a growing trend towards devolution worldwide, issues surrounding federalism and decentralization have become increasingly important topics for legislators and legislative staff around the world to discuss with one another. Topics like transparency in government, accountability, ethics, and citizen involvement have become the cornerstones in efforts to fortify links between the legislative institution and the electorate. Likewise, rapid changes in the international arena have affected state legislators and their constituencies in many ways. In this ever-changing environment, exchanging information with foreign parliamentarians and staff on institutional and public policy matters of common concern offers varied perspectives on public policy development. With funding from a variety of sources, NCSL has conducted legislative exchanges with Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
One of the many strengths of NCSL’s international work has been the ability to develop and maintain long-standing organizational partnerships with foreign legislators and staff. Most notably, NCSL has worked to promote and sustain relationships with the Partnership of Parliaments in Germany, the União Nacional dos Legisladores e Legislativos Estaduais in Brazil, the Regional Councils in Italy, the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, and interact with other organizations, including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Organization and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.