The Secretariat is the main executive body of Social Watch. The first external evaluation of the network (1995-2000) noted that, “Of the various roles in the Social Watch network, that of the Secretariat has changed the most”. Originally the Secretariat’s function was limited to the responsibility for the production of the Report, but due to the network’s growth it has subsequently incorporated a series of new functions, including research, capacity building, campaigning, promotion of the network, advocacy and its representation in international fora.

The Secretariat is directed by the Social Watch Coordinator, who both oversees the management of the Secretariat and represents the network to the outside world. The Secretariat reports to the Assembly and to the Coordinating Committee.

The network’s operation is run by the International Secretariat, based in the Third World Institute, Montevideo, Uruguay.