3 sentences on the institute

The ABI is one of Germany’s major research centers in the domain of both comparative area studies and transregional studies. As an independent, non-profit research institution, the institute cooperates with the University of Freiburg. The Institute was founded in 1960 and goes back to Arnold Bergstraesser, at that time Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Freiburg.


19. November 2019

Prof.em. Andre du Pisani, Prof. Lesley Blaauw and Job Shipululo Amupanda (lecturer) from the University of Namibia (UNAM) were guests at ABI in November.

14. November 2019

Leonie Jegen and Franzisca Zanker wrote a blog post on ECDPM, a think tank on policy in Europe and Africa, on the evacuation of refugees from Libya to Rwanda

23. October 2019

Franzisca Zanker spoke in Brussels about the West African perspective on EU migration and asylum policy.

23. October 2019

Leonie Jegen talks to Deutsche Welle about the current status of an EU programme for the resettlement of 50,000 refugees from Libya to Europe.

Events / Dates

On 26th November 2019, the ABI will organise an event on migration in Dakar/Senegal in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

26. November 2019

Next event: Thursday, 21th November 19, 8pm: Ayanda, Director: Sara Blecher Country of production: ZA 2015

21. November 2019 - 20:00

Next event: 10th December 2019, 8 p.m. c.t.: Professor Joseph Diescho, Professor Roger Southall: "Southern Africa and the Election Year 2019 – A further step towards deepening democracy or a missed opportunity?" Panel Discussion, HS 1099, KG I


University of Freiburg
10. December 2019 - 20:15

1st lecture: 9th January 2020, paper by Faisal Garba "The Making of Political Communities in Ghana and Tanzania", discussant: Ingo Rohrer

Faisal Garba
9. January 2020 - 12:30


Antje Missbach recently published an article in "Court of Conscience" about deterring asylum seeking in Australia by bribing Indonesian smugglers to return asylum seekers to Indonesia.


Judith Altrogge and Franzisca Zanker recently published the first country case study on migration governance in the Gambia.


Benjamin Schützes book on the stability of Jordanian authoritarianism and the impact of American and European funding on the `promotion of democracy` in Jordan has just been published


Projects and cooperations

The summer school will be organised and held at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg, Germany, from 2 to 28 September 2019.


The research project "Displacement in Africa: The Politics and Stakeholders of Migration Governance" compares migration governance in and across receiving & sending nations (South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa). Theoretically, the research will endeavour to bridge migration research with conflict studies.


The project endeavours to highlight the political dimension of migration governance (i.e. what are the real [sometimes hidden] interests and power asymmetries) and the multiple stakeholders (including civil society and sub-national ones). The qualitative study focuses on four case studies - the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – and will be based on fieldwork including semi-structured interviews in the respective countries.

February - December 2019

CEGLA stands for the creation of high-quality training for local authorities. At the same time it serves to widen research in the field of decentralisation and local development in Niger, Mali and Senegal.

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