Mandera County is located in the North Eastern part of Kenya, a distance of about 1,100km from the capital city of Nairobi by road. The county covers an area of 25,991.5 sq Km. Mandera county is hot with temperatures at a mean annual average of 28.3 0C. Rainfall is scanty and unpredictable averaging 255mm. The administrative capital of the county is Mandera town. Mandera county borders Ethiopia to the North, Somalia to the East, and Wajir County to the South and South West.
Mandera county has a population of approximately 1,025,756 people (2009 census) . The county is predominantly settled by Muslim somali clans of Gurreh, Degodia, Murulle, Marehan, Corner Tribe and so-called Other communities.Corner Tribe and Others are a collection of minority communities who have their own distinct clan lineage and structures.
Due to the facts that all districts in the county fall under the Arid and Semi-arid lands (ASAL) and the main source of livelihood is nomadic pastoralism. Agro-pastoralism is practiced along River Daua. Over the years, there has been an increase in petty commerce, transport, artisan work, construction, and service economy. Mandera town, the county headquarters is a vibrant trading centre, which is bordered on the east by Somalia and Ethiopia on the north.