A memorandum of understanding is a formal document that sets out the purpose of the Partnership, defines roles and responsibilities, and broad aims.

Many Health Partnerships choose to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), either at the start of the Partnership or to formalise the work of an existing Partnership. Developing an MoU can be an important way to ensure that both partners agree on the broad purpose of the Partnership, as well as setting out how the two sides will work together. An MoU can encourage a greater feeling of ownership by both partners – provided that the process of developing and drafting the MoU is a true collaboration, rather than being driven from the UK.



1. Guidance to creating a formal written agreement or memoradum of understanding.

Some Partnerships choose to write a brief one-page MoU, while others prepare a more formal and lengthy document. This example is based on a range of MoUs developed by real partnerships. It is intended to serve as an example only and you should ensure that any MoU you sign has been adapted to fit with your specific needs and that it also meets the laws and regulations of any relevant bodies operating in the countries involved.

2. Sample of an MoU

This is an example of an MoU between the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a professional paediatric association in East Africa. It should be treated as an example only as your own MoU should be written to fit your own context and partnership.  For more guidance on writing an MoU, see tool 1 'Guidance to creating a formal written agreement or memorandum of understanding'.

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