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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.

Information Retention

We will retain personal information only for as long as needed to provide our products or services, to manage our business, or to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes, prevent abuse, and enforce our agreements.

If you would like to view, update, or delete your personal information, please contact us at


We use cookies to collect non-identifying information about you as a user, such as Web-surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific website. Cookies are small text files that are downloaded by a browser when a site is visited. Cookies are returned to an originating site and/or third-party site on subsequent visits. Cookies may serve several functions, including remembering user preferences, visited pages, time and dates, and other metrics. JSI does not link information obtained through cookies to individual user's personal information. You may disable use of cookies on this site through your browser settings. However, please be aware that disabling cookies may adversely affect the operation of some features of our sites.

We use Google Analytics - a service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to allow us to see how you use our site. Google's ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to our sites is described by the Google Analytics Terms of Use available at and the Google Privacy Policy available at We have no control over either of these Google policies, and they may change at any time.

You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to our sites by disabling cookies in your browser. Google also provides an "opt-out" tool (which must be installed in your browser) which will prevent your browser from making your site activity available to Google Analytics . The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on is available at We are not responsible for this tool. If you choose to use it, you do so at your own risk.

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.