Gushiegu District was carved out of the then Eastern Dagomba district. It among the twenty six (26) districts in the northern region. It is located in the north-eastern part of the Northern Region. The administrative capital of the district is Gushiegu and is about 105 kilometres north-east of Tamale, the regional capital. The district shares boundaries with the East Mamprusi Districts and Bunkpurugu/yunyoo district to the north, Yendi municipal to the south, Saboba and Chereponi Districts respectively to the east and Karaga District to the west.
The Gushiegu District Assembly is still securing more meaningful projects for residents under the Northern Region Small Towns Water and Sanitation projects (NORST) to help sustain the campaign on eradication of guineaworm and other water borne diseases.