The OAS provides critical support to member states in building institutional and human capacity to meet new challenges. For example, the General Secretariat has worked with member states, at their request, to help implement technical reforms of their electoral systems. It has also provided training for government officials in areas as diverse as trade negotiations and natural disaster mitigation. OAS training programs and scholarships have given many citizens of the region the opportunity to develop skills that they can put to use in their home countries.