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.