It’s possible – just- to read Oxfam’s wealth report and agree, yes, every thing is going to the Canes canes.
It’s also possible to read that report and understand what the real problem being addressed is:
But enough of the details – what, really, is happening here? The sensei we need to turn to is C Northcote Parkinson. His great insight was that the real aim of any organisation is to perpetuate its own existence. Bureaucracies are no different from other organisms in this sense. This is where Oxfam has a problem.
Originally founded to provide famine relief in Greece, it became a charity focused upon the alleviation of global poverty. Their problem is that extreme poverty is a problem well on the way to being solved. The solution was the one Oxfam didn’t deign to mention, more markets, more capitalism – globalisation, in short.
As poverty worldwide recedes, Oxfam runs into a problem about its own continued existence. For once the horror to be alleviated is dealt with, what is the point of the offices, the brand, the nice jobs with no heavy lifting? That presumably explains why in recent years they have changed tack and now insist that wealth inequality is the root of a new dystopia.
Oxfam is looking for a reason to continue to exist. That’s the true explanation here.