11.11.11 is the coalition of NGOs, unions, movements and various solidarity groups in Flanders (Dutch speaking Northern part of Belgium). It combines the efforts of about 60 organizations and more than 20,000 volunteers, who work together to achieve one common goal: a fair world without poverty.
Millions of people are still seeing their rights violated: they do not have access to sufficient food, clean drinking water, health care, basic education, a viable income, security or freedom of speech. Every day and all over the world, people are fighting to make a decent living.
11.11.11 fights with them by supporting development initiatives in the South, by lobbying national and international governments and organizations, by campaigning in Belgium for a world that upholds solidarity.
in the year 1966, at 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month ...
... thousands of volunteers took to the streets to participate in the first Joint Action for the Third World.
They wanted to give a new interpretation to the commemoration of the armistice of 1918, the end of the First World War which had struck Western Europe for over 4 years. Their motive? Development aid as an investment in world peace.
Hence 11.11.11 and its yearly 11.11.11 campaign were born.