Wafa Bani Mustafa had already won a seat in Jordan’s parliament. But as she prepared to run for reelection, she wanted to learn more about fundraising techniques, which are not widely used in the region. So last December, ahead of her campaign, she participated in an NDI training program on advanced campaign skills for experienced politicians from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The training allowed Bani Mustafa—an alum of previous NDI programs in Jordan—to build on her experience by learning about voter contact, message development and fundraising. The training also provided pointers on how to use what she learned to help other aspiring politicians. She won reelection in January, garnering enough votes to score a seat beyond the women’s quota, which sets aside 15 out of the 150 seats in parliament for women. “If you want change, seek the change,” she said.