The Arnold Bergstraesser Institute is an independent research institute founded in 1960 and based in Freiburg. Its focus is socio-political issues in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East with an emphasis on conflict and fragility, contested governance, and patterns of (forced) migration. Apart from research, the Institute's remit includes the transfer of knowledge to the general public and its application in development practice.
The Institute works closely with the University of Freiburg in both research and teaching. Since 2008 the ABI has been an associate institute of the university; since 2015 the director of the ABI simultaneously holds the chair development theory and policy at the University of Freiburg. The Institute is a registered society and core funding is provided by the State of Baden-Württemberg.
The research findings of the ABI are published in scientific journals and monographs as well as in book series edited by the Institute. With its peer-reviewed journal International Quarterly for Asian Studies the Institute provides an important public good for the professional Asian studies community.
The ABI houses one of the largest specialised development studies libraries in Germany. A reference library, it is open to the public. The catalogue of the library's collection is accessible online.