USAID LEVE Project (Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement Project)

USAID LEVE Project (Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement Project)

Through a facilitated approach to development, USAID LEVE accompanies Haitian lead firms and MSMES toward a sustainable future. A unique project, which through capacity building of innovative Haitian organizations is able to promote Haitian products and services locally and internationally, with the ultimate goal of producing jobs. USAID LEVE assists leading entities with a combination of technical assistance, training, capacity building and co-funding of innovative approaches and technologies.

At a Glance

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Problem

AREA OF FOCUS

USAID LEVE is designed to create jobs in target industries/sectors in the Port-au-Prince, Saint Marc, and Cap-Haitien development corridors by creating more inclusive and productive value chains. The “value chain approach” is an innovative economic tool that views a market system from input suppliers to end market buyers in its totality, improving competitiveness and growth potential.

USAID LEVE works in three sectors:

  • Agribusiness
  • Apparel & Textile
  • Construction

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Advise on Financial management and operations, Give business planning and strategy advice, Share my knowledge of the market, Suggest Partners, Advise on production/manufacturing, Grant/Proposal Writing, Government Relations, Policy, Advocacy, Relevent Training

Objectives

OVERVIEW

Limited economic development has been a long-standing hindrance, impeding Haiti from addressing social and economic issues. Prior to the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti faced high levels of unemployment, extreme income inequality, and a limited tax base. The earthquake itself destroyed productive infrastructure, human capital, and inventory, further increasing economic instability.  In response, USAID is supporting Haiti’s economic development by rebuilding damaged infrastructure, promoting policies that lead to a friendly business environment, expanding access to financial products, and providing assistance to micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

USAID launched the Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) project to increase food and economic security.  LEVE is designed to create jobs in target industries/sectors in the Port-au-Prince, Saint Marc, and Cap-Haitien development corridors by creating more inclusive and productive value chains. The “value chain approach” is an innovative economic tool that views a market system from input suppliers to end market buyers in its totality, improving competitiveness and growth potential.

OBJECTIVES

USAID’s program will facilitate more productive and inclusive value chains, which will contribute to broad-based economic growth. The overarching goal of the U.S. Government (USG), under this project, is to increase employment in Haiti.

ACTIVITIES

  • Enable MSMEs to engage with other value chain actors to increase output, income, and employment: MSMEs’ success will help counter the highly skewed distribution of wealth in Haiti and support a fledgling middle class.
  • Increase MSMEs access to a productive labor pool with relevant skills and competencies: USAID will implement new approaches to vocational training and supplement basic education with practical work-place skills.
  • Identify and improve synergy among existing projects and activities: The impact of USAID’s projects will be magnified through greater coordination.
  • Improve the capacity of Haitian organizations to implement projects and manage USG funds to ensure efficiency and sustainability of development efforts.