11.11.11 is the Coalition of the Flemish North South Movement in Belgium, formerly known as NCOS (National Centre of Development Co-operation). It came into being after the events of November 11th 1966, when thousands of volunteers took to the streets at 11am to draw attention to the “Third World” and collect money. They wanted to give a new interpretation to the commemoration of the armistice of 1918: development aid as an investment in world peace. 11.11.11 was born.
11.11.11 concentrates on lobbying policy makers, because a good policy framework is essential for a well-balanced and sustainable development. In order to change unfair structures – i.e. to prevent that development cooperation is just a waste of efforts – 11.11.11 addresses itself to the authorities that define the policy lines. We do this in cooperation with our members in our own country, with our partner organizations in the South and through international networks of like-minded organizations.