Welcome on Luden.org
LOCAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT EUROPEAN NETWORK (LUDEN) is a network for mutual co-operation which focuses on major transitions that are taking place across the EU and touch cities, towns and the surrounding country side or what is referred to as “rurban”.
LUDEN has a long experience in local development and especially community led local development. The network came into existence in 1989 as result of an initiative undertaken by 19 local authorities in 8 of the former EU 15 Member States. It was originally called Quartiers-en-Crise and then Quartiers –en Crise: European Regeneration Areas Network.The network played a major role in the development of EU Urban Policy through first the Urban Pilot Projects Programme and then through URBAN I and II.
In 2010 the network changed its name. Firstly because it made no longer any sense to speak of “deprived areas” as the property and land markets in urban areas had created growing gentrification within pockets of such areas and thus a need to focus on micro-level as well as macro level interventions in such areas.
The second reason for the name change relates to the impact of the major transitions. We are at the start of a number of great transitions -demographic, climatic, energy security, structural levels of long term unemployment and the long term implications of the mountain of unpayable debt that has been created within our financial system.
These transitions mean that we need to move towards new paradigm for local urban development.
Our work is focussed on a number of key transitions.
Our members are mainly from the public and third sectors, however membership is also open private sector (for profit) organisations.
Europe’s new Refugees
The crisis has not only created high levels of unemployment, it has also created new migration flows of Europeans within the EU but also to countries linked to “old colonies”. This video provides stories of these new European refugees.
Inequality in Europe
There is a growing body of evidence that is showing that “Social Europe” has failed. Instead the model has created greater inequality across virtually all EU member states. Moreover the weight of the problem is borne by those who are weakest in society. This video from Social Europe highlights the issues.
The scandal of child poverty in Europe
Across Europe, whole families - children, parents and grandparents - find it hard to escape poverty as it is passed on from one generation to another. The ongoing global financial crisis is worsening the problem among children: today, there are 19 million European children living in poverty.
Direct and Representative Democracy
The financial crisis is part of wider political crisis. There is growing alienation from our current systems of representative democracy. Several movements across the EU have promoted direct democracy. This video highlights the link between finance, business and democracy.
Bridging the Health Divide in Europe
There are significant health inequalities throughout the EU. This video presents analysis and suggestions for addressing this important issue.
The fastest ageing city in Europe
Chemnitz is the fastest-ageing city in Europe. One-third of the population of the eastern German city of Chemnitz will soon be over 65 years old. That's a record for a European city. But how is Chemnitz preparing for the future? And what are local politicians, scientists and industry doing to adjust?
Youth Unemployment is a record levels and there is no sign that things are going to get better very soon. European Youth Voice has launched a short video with the views of young people.
Step on the Gas? Shale Gas in Europe
Is Shale gas through fracking the solution for greater energy security and lower emissions? Or is it going to be simply an environmental disaster with quick profits for energy companies? This video produced by the International energy agency sets out the pros and cons.
Social Determinants of Health
There is strong correlation between where you live, your socio economic situation and your health. This is a short lecture that highlights the social determinants of health.