The region covers a geographical area of approximately 18,478 square kilometres. This constitutes about 12.7 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. The region is bordered on the North by the Republic of Burkina Faso, on the East by Upper East Region, on the South by Northern Region and on the West by Cote d’Ivoire.
The region is located in the guinea savannah vegetation belt. The vegetation consists of grass with scattered drought resistant trees such as the shea, the baobab, dawadawa, and neem trees. The heterogeneous collection of trees provides all domestic requirements for fuel wood and charcoal, construction of houses, cattle kraals and fencing of gardens. The shorter shrubs and grass provide fodder for livestock.
District Chief Executive for Jirapa, Vivien-Nelly Kunko has reiterated her resolve to ensure sustainable development of the district when she met with chiefs and opinion leaders in the district at the assembly.
Dr Ephraim Avea Nsor, Upper West Regional Minister, has urged District Assemblies in the region to refrain from misapplying funds meant for the implementation of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP).
The implementation of the National Street Naming and Property Numbering System is in full course in the Jirapa District of the Upper West Region, following a number of measures put in so far by the Assembly.