The partnership MOU: Moving from talk to action

By Nikita Agrawal 30 October 2015

Maro Chermayeff, founder of Show of Force signs a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ford Foundation and Games for Change on the Half the Sky Movement Media and Technology Engagement Initiative. Every sustainable partnership begins with an effective MOU. Photo by: Hallie Easley / Ford Foundation / USAID / CC BY-NC

The international development community around the world is talking about the power and potential of partnerships.

Governments, bilateral and multilateral funding agencies, implementing companies, civil society organizations, universities, foundations, and private sector organizations are increasingly looking to work together and share development risks, resources and rewards.

No doubt important conversations are happening, but how do organizations take the leap from talking about partnerships to actually forming them?

One way to make real progress during partnership negotiations is to get the ideas down on paper. This documentation, even if preliminary, can begin to form the basis of memorandum of understanding — a critical stage in the partnering process.

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About the author

Nikita Agrawal

As a development analyst at Devex, Nikita helps manage the global community of development organizations and tracks development PPPs. Having worked with organizations in the area of development since 2004, she has assisted several Indian companies in bidding for international development projects. Her areas of interest include microfinance and education and livelihoods in rural India.

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