Vision: Grand Gedeh: an icon of unity, peace, good governance and quality social, economic and infrastructure development for all.
Core Values: Equal access to opportunities for all Grand Gedeh Citizens; Assurance of peace, security and the rule of law;
Transparent and effective governance; Sustainable economic growth; and
Preservation of natural resources and environment.
Overview: Grand Gedeh is one of the few leeward counties created in the 1960s. It was established in 1964. Grand Gedeh was formerly known as the Eastern Province under the 1847 Constitution of Liberia. Its original capital was Tchien, now known as Zwedru. Grand Gedeh County, which was once known as part of the South Eastern Province under the 1847 Constitution of Liberia, finally gained its County status. Grand Gedeh is the third largest County in Liberia and historically, one of the most neglected. Inadequate and non-existent basic infrastructure continues to hobble the quality of life, and this was a main contributing factor to the civil crisis.
In 2005, the farming community in Grand Gedeh County cultivated the following food crops: rice (93% of farmers), cassava (35%), sweet potatoes/eddoes (3%), plantain/ banana (12%), corn (5%) and other vegetables (3%). Some 26% of farmers were growing cash crops in 2005. The most important cash crop grown in the County in 2005 was cocoa (72% of cash crop producers). This was
followed by plantain/banana (38%), coffee (13%) rubber (4%), palm nuts/oil (4%),
coconuts (2%) and pineapple (2%).
County Abbreviation: GG
County Flag: The county’s flag has four colors: blue, white, green and orange.
The green represents the rich forest and highlands, while the white and blue depict peace and unity. The sun in the background painted orange represents the new era of development.
Resident Population: 125,258
Districts: Grand Gedeh County is subdivided into 2 Statutory districts, eight 8 Administrative districts, 16 Chiefdoms, 32 Clans, 3 Cities, and 236 Towns.
Race/Ethnicity: The Kranh-speaking people are in the vast majority, making up 96% of the County’s population. Other groups in the County include the Sapo (1%), the Bassa (1%) and the Kpelle (2%), though it is thought that all of Liberia’s 16 tribes are represented at least in small numbers.
Gender: Women and girls continue to have limited access to education, health services and judicial services, which has severely curtailed their participation in the formal economy. Women and girls have been missing out on opportunities and participation in management and decision-making on all levels of the society. This trend has contributed to feminization of poverty in the County, and in Liberia as a whole.
Resources: Grand Gedeh is blessed with many natural resources, especially a large virgin forest that has not been touched for years by logging companies. The soil is rich and capable of producing any kind of food crops, and the streams and rivers are filled with various fish species. The County is also known to be rich in deposits of gold, iron ore and many others that have not been widely exploited. The County is noted for its rich iron ore reserves and vast forest, which are depicted in the flag of the County.
Land Area: The total land area of Grand Gedeh County is 10,276
km”, which is about 9.22% of the total land area of Liberia.
Location: Grand Gedeh is located in southeastern Liberia, bounded on the Northwest through the North by Nimba, on the Northwest through the East by the Cavalla River forming
the boundary with Cote d’Ivoire, on the South by River Gee County, and on the Southwest by Sinoe County.
Out of a total of 17 Basic Health Units in the County, only 11 are functional in the three districts. One hospital is operational, located in the Zwedru. MSF, Merlin and Caritas are the three NGOs running these health facilities. Three ambulances donated by UNHCR are used by Merlin.