Last week I met a business executive who runs a trust for rural youth.  What made this meeting memorable was the individual’s values framework.  In his view, his employer (and the government) did not deserve his integrity because “After all, this is business!”.  It was therefore okay to mislead an employer.  He then went on to say that all the money he made at work was ploughed back into the trust.  In short, the end justified the means.  I find this to be a popular philosophy.  The belief  is that acts of charity will undo the damage done by acts of corruption.  However, according to an Asian Development Bank study, corruption adds 50% to 200% to the cost of goods and services.

The question then is: can charity mitigate corruption?