Erica Penfold holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Cape Town. Prior to this, she was employed as a research associate with OtherWISE and the University of Cape Town. She has worked for non-profit organisations and civil society, including Global Integrity, Management Sciences for Health and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. She has been involved in a number of research projects across Africa, with particular focus on good governance and democracy. Her research interests are regionalism, Southern Africa’s international relations, social policy, democratic reform and development.