Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the SPRING website. This page explains how the United States Agency for International Development’s SPRING program and its website,, will handle information we learn about you from your visit.

How SPRING gathers information:

When you visit, we may store some or all of the following information:

  • The IP address from which you accessed our website
  • The date & time you accessed our website
  • The URL of the website from which you linked to
  • Any keywords you used in a search to find
  • The pages you visited on our website
  • The links you clicked on a page
  • The browser or device used to access our website

We do not collect or track personal information through this process. We use this information, in aggregate, to make our website more useful to visitors – to learn about the number of visitors to our website and the types of technology used, to detect operational problems, and to improve the website’s general security.

Information You Provide to SPRING

You do not have to provide any personal information to view this website. We maintain the information we collect in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, where applicable.

If you identify yourself for registration purposes:

You may choose to engage with us and provide contact information to SPRING in order to be considered for consultant positions or to receive information, such as a project newsletter, through a distribution list, or to participate in an online collaboration forum or discussion group. SPRING will not disclose this information and will only use the information for the purpose for which it was provided.

Some of our newsletters are sent using third-party email distribution systems. In these cases, the email privacy policy will be available to you at the time you sign up for the newsletter. A link will be provided at the bottom of each newsletter with instructions on how to unsubscribe.

In certain instances, such as participation in on-line collaboration forums or discussion groups, the information you provide may be visible to other forum participants. SPRING is not responsible for how other participants may use your information.

If you use the search tool:

We will keep a record of searches conducted on, but we will not associate these searches with individual users. The searches are used only for content-planning purposes.

From time to time, we will conduct optional user surveys, but we will not collect any personal information in these surveys.


Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords, which some Web servers collect from you when you access them. That data is stored on your hard drive-not on the Web site's server.  Whenever you visit a "cookie" site, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there. Cookies generally are stored in your browser's directory or folder in a file named cookie.txt (MagicCookie on a Macintosh).

USAID and its projects take the safeguarding of any personally identifying information very seriously. uses single-session cookies to serve technical purposes, such as providing seamless navigation throughout our website. These cookies do not permanently record data, and they are not stored on your computer’s hard drive.’s session cookies are only available during an active browser session. When you close your browser, the session cookie disappears. also uses multi-session cookies to help us understand how people use the site and how we can improve it for returning users. Web traffic statistics are collected anonymously and are aggregated; no information is traceable to any specific individual. SPRING does not collect personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers, date, or place of birth.

Further, some of the links on this USAID-funded web site point to non-USAID sites which may place cookies on your computer. You should know that the non-USAID site may still place a cookie on your computer. If you want to avoid such cookies, we encourage you to set your browser to notify you when cookies are being set and allow you to reject them.  Your system's help files will explain how to do this.