What Is Blended Finance?

In September 2015, the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) released a paper entitled “A How-To Guide for Blended Finance.” In the opening salvo of the Executive Summary (p.4) the authors wrote:

“Blended Finance is an approach to development finance that employs the ‘strategic use of development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilize private capital flows to emerging and frontier markets’ and is characterized by three characteristics:

  • Leverage: Use of development finance and philanthropic funds to attract private capital.
  • Impact: Investments that drive social, environmental, and economic progress.
  • Returns: Returns for private investors in line with market expectation based on perceived risk.”

What Is Blending Capitals?

In partnership with Impact2030, TheBC.lab in Colombia has recently coined the term “Blending Capitals” as a key strategy for financing the peace consolidation process in Colombia and SDG #16. Blending Capitals focuses on integrating non-financial capitals in support of attracting sustainable blended finance. Over the past three years, we have been investigating the social & human capital shortfalls, and other non-financial challenges in implementing a Blending Capitals strategy to help finance the peace consolidation process in Colombia. Based on current research and information available on the topic, as well as interviews with stakeholders and other interested parties, our work in Colombia strongly suggests that Blending Capitals in support of Blended Finance is a valid approach to supplementing both MSMEs and the peace process, simultaneously, in the country.

What Is The Blockchain's Role In The Colombian Peace Process?

Our understanding of the blockchain and its usefulness in the context of the Peace Process in Colombia is still very much in its infancy. We have seen the upsides and the downsides of this emerging Fintech approach to decentralizing markets, money, and power. Market forces have tended to be speculative with cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin approaching the $5,000USD mark in late August 2017, plunging to $3,000USD two weeks later – as traders and speculators attempt to extract profits amidst the growth of cryptocurrency exchanges and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Anti Money Laundering Solutions for the Social Sector

Non-profit organisations (NPOs) play a vital role in the world economy and in many national economies and social systems. Their efforts complement the activity of the governmental and business sectors in providing essential services, comfort and hope to those in need around the world. The ongoing international campaign against terrorist financing has unfortunately demonstrated, however, that terrorists and terrorist organisations exploit the NPO sector to raise and move funds, provide logistical support, encourage terrorist recruitment, or otherwise support terrorist organisations and operations. This misuse not only facilitates terrorist activity, but also undermines donor confidence and jeopardises the very integrity of NPOs.

TIANJIN, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: (CHINA OUT) Workers collect bank notes placed by tourists from a porcelain jar at Porcelain House on October 4, 2015 in Tianjin, China. Tourists placed money to pray for good fortune, and workers donated the money to Tianjin Zoo. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Over the past five years the not-for-profit sector has been targeted by many actors as a potential conduit to money laundering. Our work has focused on practical solutions that would increase transparency by CSOs through the implementation of innovative financial solutions.


TheBC.lab is currently engaged in several activities that focuses around our core values and mission. These activities range from NGO and Private Sector support to advocacy work for increasing transparency in Private Development Cooperation.

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The War on Drugs - What happens after UNGASS

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs took place between 19-21 April. On the eve of the meeting, a well-attended Civil Society Forum was organised by the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF). The Outcome Document, negotiated at the 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, was adopted in the UNGASS opening session without a vote. For a summarised record of the plenary meetings, the five round tables and a number of side events at the UNGASS please visit the CND Blog. For those who have not read it yet, we also encourage you to have a look at the new IDPC Drug Policy Guide and share it widely! Finally, you can already start planning your participation to the Day of Action 2016 as part of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign.

On 19th April 2016, 193 UN member states came together at a UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), and formally approved an Outcome Document on “the world drug problem”. This document was finalised by the 54 countries of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna.