The International Road Federation

The International Road Federation


The International Road Federation (IRF) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with the mission to promote the development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road networks. Working together with its members and partners, the IRF promotes social and economic benefits that flow from well-planned, and environmentally sound road transport networks. It helps put in place technological solutions and management practices that provide maximum economic and social returns from national road investments.

The activities of IRF are focused around three pillars, namely:

Disseminating knowledge – The IRF organises courses, workshops, and webinars, produces training materials, and hosts an online knowledge platform for building capacity and disseminating knowledge and best practices around the world.

Providing a networking platform – The IRF provides its member’s opportunities to meet with their peers and colleagues from around the world, exchange ideas and engage in discussions at the events we organised throughout the world.

Influencing policy – The IRF contributes to policy by participating in working groups of, amongst others, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations, and the European Commission. The IRF also regularly contributes to public consultations by submitting policy and position papers.

The IRF is also working to stimulate more active participation of young professionals and students in the professional community through the IRF Young Professionals Program.

Through the International Road Educational Foundation, the IRF awards grants to graduate engineers and other transportation professionals from around the world in support of full-time academic training. With this the IRF actively supports the future generations who will build the road networks.

With a wide network across over ninety countries on six continents, the IRF believes that it can make a difference by providing best practices and expert advice to today’s multi-faceted world of transport.

IRF India

In keeping with its objective of being close to its members, the IRF established IRF India in New Delhi in 2009 to further its aims and objectives in India. IRF India has grown and has been particularly active in furthering the cause of road safety in India. IRF India has been instrumental in bringing about changes in rules, regulations, and laws to promote road safety on Indian roads. Every year since 2005, IRF India, with the support of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, organises a Road Safety Week that brings together representatives from industry, business, Central and State Governments, NGOs active in the area of road safety, universities and other research institutions.