National Centre for Policy Research was operating as a part of Konrad- Adenauer- Stiftung(KAS)-Kabul office from 2003 to 2008. Until 2008, the budget of this centre, which is funded by KAS, was spent, assessed and accounted by KAS office in Kabul. Since 2009, this centre has been operating independently as a partner of KAS, but its budget and spending are checked and assessed by KAS Berlin office monthly.
The NCPR wishes to establish working partnerships with other national and international organizations involved in academic researches, and whose goals and areas of activities are related and in tune with those of NCPR’s. Based on this purpose, NCPR has cooperated with the majority of Afghan universities in the areas of teaching research methodology and conducting researches and polls. Besides, this centre has also close cooperation with foreign academic institutions, particularly German institutions.
The main current partners in Germany are the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) at Ruhr University, Bochum (a partner-university of Kabul University) and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at Ruhr-Bochum University, Frankfurt University, Heidelberg University and the German Afghan Universities cooperation (DAUG).
In addition, this centre has partnership with organizations such as German International Cooperation (GIZ), NATO Diplomacy Division, Center of International Private Enterprises (CIPE), Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Democracy International (DI), Peacebuild Canada, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, German Voice (DW) and Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).
Afghan Nongovernmental Organizations are also potential partners of NCPR. Most Afghan NGOs are currently involved in development projects and social activities without clear prior and clear well-thought strategies and scientific methods to achieve their goals; any cooperation of this center will further enrich their programs and lead to more effective projects and results. In this direction, NCPR can offer research mythology in social sciences courses, and designing and creating a data base, whereas NGOs can continuously help the centre in proposing appropriate policies and suggestions for activities which bear fruit for wellbeing of the people. This way, the sustainability and strengthening of the centre require collaboration with national and international partners.