Frances (Francie) Lund

Former Director, Social Protection Programme


social policy, social security, occupational health and safety, advocacy, research methodology

"The current global economic system generates poverty, inequality and poor health for many workers and their children. Social protection is both an investment and a tool for redistribution; informal workers should be covered by social protection schemes. Employers, including employers who are informal workers themselves, are responsible for those who work for them (no matter how indirectly)."

As WIEGO’s Social Protection Director from 2000 through early 2016, Francie led WIEGO’s advocacy, policy and research work in social protection and policy for informal workers, including the conceptual paper and framework for the ILO that led to the creation of the WIEGO’s Social Protection programme.  Since then, she has led policy dialogues and workshops on social protection for informal workers both regionally and in global value chains and has worked extensively with various agencies to complete specific research, case studies, and synthesized research. She spearheaded WIEGO’s four year, five country Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) programme, a research and advocacy initiative that seeks to answer the question “how could a reformed discipline and practice of occupational health and safety be more inclusive and protective of informal workers, and especially the poorer women among them?” This has led to further initiatives in the OHS field, and she is principal investigator in a new research and advocacy health project in three cities, each in partnership with an organization of or working in support of, informal workers with SEWA in Ahmedabad, India; with Homenet Thailand in Bangkok; and with Asiye eTafuleni in Durban, South Africa.  She is also principal investigator in a programme exploring the links between informally working women’s incomes and their responsibilities for child care. In this initiative, women’s better and more secure incomes are seen as a vital component of “women’s economic empowerment”.

Also a Senior Research Associate in the School of Built Environment and Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Francie has worked as a research and policy consultant for international agencies and organizations (including DFID, the ILO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, UNRISD, and UN Women) as well as for and local, provincial and national levels of government in South Africa.  In 1994, she chaired the Lund Committee on Child and Family Support after South Africa’s transition to democracy, which resulted in the implementation of the Child Support Grant for poor children. Francie studied sociology, social work and community organization.  

In the News

2014. Video: 2014. Video: Approaches to Universal Health Coverage and Occupational Health and Safety for the Informal Workforce in Developing Countries – A Workshop. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

2014. Preventing work-related risks for informal workers. International Social Security Association.