Katakwi District was created in 1997. It was formerly part of Soroti District. The 3 sub-counties which comprise Katakwi (Kapelebyong, Amuria and Usuk) belonged to Soroti until then.
It borders Moroto to the north-east, Nakapiripirit in the east, Kaberamaido in the south-west, Lira to the north-west and Soroti and Kumi in the south.
The district has over 307,032 people. 158,428 females and 148,604 Males.
Agriculture with main emphasis on food crops such as millet, potatoes, beans, and cassava. Cash crops include Cotton.
The district has a total of 160 primary schools with 157 government, 2 private and 1 community school. For secondary schools, the district has over 14 schools, 8 are government, 3 private and 3 community.
The district has 15 Government dispensaries (II), 8 health centres (III) at county, 3 health centres (IV) at sub-district and no hospital. More so, it has 5 private/NGO dispensaries, 12 clinics, 3 health centres (III).
The District road is Murram and is well distributed throughout the district hence linking all counties. There is also a rail line which links Katakwi to Lira and Soroti Districts.