In this Microlinks seminar, experts explored how the Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) Project has successfully utilized an adaptive management approach to meet ambitious project goals while operating in an environment of political instability, low trust, limited capabilities and resource constraints.
Designed to revive Haiti’s food and economic security following the 2010 earthquake, the LEVE project was tasked with creating more inclusive and productive value chains supported by a productive labor pool with relevant skills and competencies in three sectors: agribusiness, construction, and apparel.
Through its adaptive management approach, LEVE has successfully balanced contractual due diligence with engaging in complex activities and approaches around high potential value chains, market facilitation, systemic change, flexible and integrated approaches, development of local capacity, contributions to USAID FORWARD and multi-stakeholder engagement.
Ken Smarzik is a seasoned manager with extensive experience in private sector development and agribusiness gained over almost 40 years of senior management positions, substantive long-term technical assistance assignments, and frequent short-term technical design, implementation, and assessment work. Mr. Smarzik lived and worked in Haiti from 1987 to 1994 in the post-Duvalier era, helping to establish financial institutions lending to micro-, small and medium enterprises. As LEVE’s Value Chain Advisor, Mr. Smarzik has been responsible for guiding and shaping LEVE’s strategy and technical activities since the project was awarded in late 2013.