Following in the footsteps of years of dynamism and productivity, 2016 saw Socdem Asia spearheading various activities and publications with a focus on grassroots democracy in Asia, energy security, gender equality, and building open and safe societies in an age of terror and strongman populism. The year saw Socdem Asia organizing major events, which gathered leading progressive thinkers and activists from the Asian region and beyond. This year also had focused on capacitating activists at different level on campaigning, political management and inclusive policy development work. Without a question, the year was a difficult one for progressives around the world owing to the electoral victory of anti-democratic forces, rise in xenophobia, and precipitous decline for progressive, democratic values around the world. It also saw renewed challenges to freedom and democracy across Asia. And this is precisely why Socdem Asia’s activities this year were filled a larger-than-usual sense of duty and urgency.