Stand-alone sites produced under USAID-financed acquistion insturments must follow these guidelines:


  • Prior to site development, the USAID Website Governance Board must review and approve the website proposal.
  • The site homepage or primary entry page(s) must include the LPA-approved use of the agency brandmark found here. The Agency brand must be "above the fold" (visible in the first screen when the monitor resolution is set at 800x600 or above). Brandmark use is not required on second- and third-level pages.
  • The Agency brand must meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum height of on-screen horizontal identity = 70 pixels
    • Minimum width of on-screen horizontal identity = 238 pixels
    • Minimum height of on-screen vertical identity = 126 pixels
    • Minimum width of on-screen vertical identity = 158 pixels
    • A minimum area within and surrounding the Identity must be kept clear of any other typography as well as graphic elements as specified in the USAID Graphics Standards Manual.
    • The brand must link to
  • Web sites produced under acquisition instruments to achieve project implementation goals must be marked appropriately on the index page of the site and every major entry point to the Web site with a disclaimer that states:
    "The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government."
  • The site must be submitted to the Website Governance Board for review.
  • To meet federal guidelines for information quality, any content that describes official Agency programs must be placed on the official Agency website at
  • No advertisement that implies that USAID endorses any specific commercial product, commodity, or service will be permitted. This includes the contractor who has constructed the site.


  • All pages must give persons with disabilities access to information that is comparable to the access available to others by being Section 508 compliant. Site content must be compliant with all requirements of the Section 508 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, listed here. A few examples of common accessibility problems are listed below:
    • The most basic idea with Section 508 is that there must be a text equivalent for every non-text element provided via "alt" tags or additional text. Non-text elements include:
      • images (including those used as list bullets and spacers)
      • graphical representations of text (including symbols)
      • image map regions
      • animations (e.g., animated GIFs)
      • applets and programmatic objects
      • ascii art
      • graphical buttons
      • sounds (played with or without user interaction)
      • stand-alone audio files
      • audio tracks of video
      • video
    • Pages that present data in tables must be coded so it can be understood with a screen reader (i.e: "scope" or "id" attribute.)
    • Pages must be navigable without the use of a mouse (ie: tab, arrow and return keys.)
    • Remember that the information in the "alt" attribute must be equivalent to the information provided in the non-text element -- an example of an appropriate "alt" attribute might be: <img src="globe.gif" height="100" width="150" alt="Image of the globe, with Africa highlighted">.

Privacy Policy

  • You must have a Privacy Policy posted on your site that describes the actions of your server operations, i.e. what information is collected (if any), what the information is used for, etc. Further information about the USAID requirements for Privacy Policies are located here. If you are targeting an audience of children below the age of 13, you must comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
  • Your Privacy Policy must be translated into a machine-readable format, pursuant to OMB Memorandum M-03-22.
  • No permanent cookies are allowed. Transient cookies are allowed only with the approval of the USAID Administrator.


  • Pages must include the following  <meta> tags in the document head:
    • Description: a one-sentence summary of the document
    • Keywords: relevant search terms - these should be both site- and page-specific. Try to include lay terms in addition to technical development terms.
  • It is not sufficient to replicate a single set of meta tags, with identical descriptions and keywords, throughout an entire site. Non-HTML files must include this type of data to the full extent possible.