The Wa East District is one of the 261 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana, and forms part of the 11 of Municipalities and Districts in the Upper West Region.

The Wa East District was curved out of the Wa Municipality and made an autonomous district by L.I 1746 in July 2004. The District is remotely located in the southeastern part of the Upper West region.The capital is Funsi, about 115km away from Wa, the regional capital.

It has a landmass of about 4,240km², which lies between latitudes 9º 55”n and 10º 25”n and longitude 1º 10”w and 2º 5”w. The remoteness of the District relative to other Districts of the region has deprived it of basic social and economic infrastructure and services.

The District shares boundaries with Mamprugo- Moaduri District to the north-east, North Gonja District to southeast and the Sissala East Municipal and Sissala West District to the north respectively, the District also Shares borders with Wa Municipal to the west.

The population of the District according to 2021 population and housing census stands at 91,457with 46,621 males and 44,836 females.