East Africa Development Forum is an annual meeting hosted by the DAD. The forum is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies and policies for the development of countries in the East African. Its main aim is to showcase the current and future challenges, opportunities and strategies to utilize the immense natural resources of the region.

The forum also displays policy reccommendations for institutional building, good governance, youth empowerment and poverty reduction.The forum brings together heads of states and governments, policy makers, partner states such as Turkish institutions, United Nations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.