Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance


From June 2 - June 6, 2014, the International Program department led a technical assistance workshop with staff members from the National Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, focused on new member orientation programs and consensus building in the Legislature. Wendy Madsen, Legislative Information Officer from the Wyoming Legislative Service Office, Raúl E. Burciaga, Director of the New Mexico Legislative Council Service and Rep. Peter Barca, Wisconsin served as faculty. 


From March 12 - 17, 2014, the International Programs Department in support of Development Alternative Inc. (DAI), USAID's Parliamentary Strengthening Program for Haiti coordinated a study tour for 10 senior and middle management personnel from Haiti’s upper Parliamentary chamber to the Québec National Assembly. The program focused on effective parliamentary procedures.



From Dec. 2-6, 2013, NCSL hosted a delegation from the Qatar Central Municipal Council funded by the U.S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative focused on constituent service, outreach and engagement. Throughout the week the delegation attended the NCSL Fall Forum, attended public hearings, met with many state legislators, including Senator Richard Madaleno (Maryland) and Representative Jay Kaufmann (Massachusetts) and with D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray.



In July 2013, NCSL in coordination with the Iowa Legislative Services Agency of the Iowa General Assembly hosted a group of parliamentary staff from Kyrgyzstan to participate in a week long workshop on legislative processes and procedures and legislative drafting.



NCSL is often asked to provide technical assistance in emerging democracies across the globe with the goal of strengthening the legislative institution. Drawing on a wealth of U.S. knowledge and experience in the states, NCSL is ideally positioned to provide expert assistance on such institutional issues as the legislative process, parliamentary procedure, committee structures and functions, staff organization, governmental ethics, leadership training, constituent relations, and professional staff skills development. NCSL has conducted a variety of projects in the areas of bill drafting, legislative oversight and accountability, civic education, ethics, federalism, information technology, legislative management, new member training, and transparency in government. NCSL has a wide range of experience in managing projects that have included workshops, seminars, and internships in the U.S. and abroad aimed at strengthening the legislative institution. These workshops often involve the entire legislature and are usually conducted by U.S. state legislators, legislative staff, or NCSL staff.

NCSL has conducted technical assistance projects with over 35 countries including Albania, Algeria, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa Tajikistan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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