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. From this 11.11.11 was born.
11.11.11 concentrates on lobbying policy makers, because a good policy framework is essential for well-balanced and sustainable development. In order to change unfair structures – i.e. to prevent that development cooperation would be a wasted effort – 11.11.11 addresses the authorities that define policy lines. It does this in cooperation with its members in Belgium, with its partner organisations in the global South and through international networks of like-minded organisations.