Since its establishment, East Africa Association for Research and Development (DAD) embarked on a fascinating path of growth and development. For DAD, the year 2019 started with the echo of the East Africa Development Forum and follow up of the tasks and relations initiated in the conference. Moreover, DAD conducted several capacity-building programs for youth accompanied by the fifth Global Somali Diaspora conference which was hosted in Istanbul. With the goal of strengthening the relations between East African countries and their relations to the world, DAD conducted a visit on three East African countries. In these countries, DAD networked with universities, research institutions, civil society organizations, schools and prominent businesses.The year 2020 holds a great potential for DAD. The second East Africa Development Forum will be held in this new year. We hope to conduct this year’s forum to be a bigger caliber than the first with increased delegates and senior individuals from both government and other organizations. We would like to extend my gratitude to the esteemed management of East Africa Association for Research and Development (DAD) and all our partners for their valuable support that contributed to the successful implementation of our programs for the past three years. We wish you a prosperous year where visions are realized, and goals achieved!