Eastern Europe & Eurasia

For over 15 years Geof Cox Associates have specialised in social enterprise development in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe...

Recent experience in Eastern Europe & Eurasia

See also my webpage for Russian readers - Джеф Кокс, информация на русском языке


2019 - Advisor to international consultancy WYG on the development and implementation of social enterprise support infrastructure in Kosovo.

For evaluation contact Angela Taylor, WYG Team Leader, angela.taylor@almm.eu

2016 - Advisor to the government of Kosovo on the drafting of a new social enterprise law.

For evaluation contact Katerina Takovska, PIN Regional Director, katerina.takovska@peopleinneed.cz


2015-2019 - Work with People in Need on social enterprise development in South Eastern Europe, especially Serbia, Kosovo and Armenia.

For evaluation contact Ondřej Nádvorník, PIN Co-ordinator, ondrej.nadvornik@peopleinneed.cz


2009-2012 - Development work on a new fair trade model based on intellectual property development.

For evaluation contact Sergey Zhidkikh, Livelihoods Programme Manager, Oxfam GB in the Russian Federation szhidkikh@oxfam.org.uk


2010 - Restructuring Oxfam's country operation in Albania as a social enterprise.

For evaluation contact Anila Vandresha, Regional Manager, Oxfam GB avendresha@oxfam.org.uk


2008-2009 - Advice to Oxfam on how social enterprise development might contribute to the anti-poverty programme they are currently running in Russia, and convening in October 2008 a broad-based 3-day training and discussion workshop on social enterprise development.

For evaluation contact Nicholas Colloff, Former Country Manager, Oxfam GB in the Russian Federation (now Director of Strategy & Innovation Oxfam International) ncolloff@oxfam.org.uk


Development of a national social enterprise infrastructure-building programme and delivery of a seminar sequence for 'social firm champions' over January-May 2005 with the Valakupiai Centre for physically disabled people in Vilnius, Lithuania.

For evaluation contact Rasa Noreikyte, Project Coordinator rasa.noreikyte@reabilitacija.lt

Egidijus BiknevičiusEgidijus Biknevičius of Etalink - also a former president of the Lithuanian union of blind innovatorsUPDATE... One of the participants in our Lithuania training programme, Egidijus Biknevičius, won the 2008 Lithuanian Young Entrepreneur Medal of Merit for Business for his work establishing the ICT social enterpise Etalink (for a passable translation google 'Etalink' and select 'translate this page' for the top result).

Geof with participants in the NESsT Mongolia social enterprise development programmeGeof with participants in the NESsT Mongolia social enterprise development programme


Contracted as UK associate of NESsT in 2004 and in September delivery for NESsT of a 3-week social enterprise training and development programme In Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.

Contact Nicole Etchart, NESsT Chief Executive Officer netchart@nesst.org


Research into the support needs of the social enterprise sector in Ukraine for the Eurasia Foundation, and recommendations on the establishment of a new grant programme.

For evaluation contact Olga Vasylchenko, SDSA Kyiv sdsa@bigmir.net


Social enterprise skills training commissioned by the Hamlet Trust for NGO staff and mental health service users from a number of Eastern European countries, delivered across 3day workshops in Kyiv, Ukraine, in Autumn 2002 and again in Spring 2004, and in Tirana, Albania, in Autumn 2003.

For evaluation contact Jo Lucas, former Hamlet Trust Chief Executive kastanja@btinternet.com


Training for CRS, in partnership with NESsT, on social enterprise skills, delivered in Sarajevo, BosniaHerzegovina, Summer 2003, as part of a financial sustainability training programme for NGOs from a number of South East European countries.

For evaluation contact Jason Vassiliades, CRS Regional Adviser Europe jasonv@crsbh.ba