This reflection paper shares learning from the use of a localised research model supplemented with a regional knowledge broker role in an ongoing research initiative in the Pacific. The model was constructed to strengthen local research capacity in the region and ensure that skills and knowledge could be transferred among study team members and stay within the Pacific.
This reflection draws on the views of several national researchers, the regional research lead and supporting Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) staff. It presents a snapshot of our learnings as a reflective piece rather than an evidence-based review. We believe it is important to share learnings from this model to highlight its value, and hope that other researchers and practitioners will replicate, build upon and scale up this way of working in the region.