The Tunga Blog

On our blog we document our journey to unleash Africa’s tech talent. Here you can find insights in the global staff augmentation market. Info about Africa as a source of offshore software development. Data on software developers salaries. Updates about our free software development courses and coding tests. And background posts about Tunga and the people behind it.

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African Software Developers: Best Countries for Sourcing in 2021

This research article describes in detail which countries are most suitable for sourcing African software developers and why.

Press release: Tunga launches new e-learning platform for software developers in Africa

Determined to make a meaningful contribution to Africa and to create more opportunities for African developers, Tunga has now launched an e-learning platform.

Press release: Tunga receives DGGF funding and launches international growth plans

Tunga has received a Dutch Good Growth Fund loan to build capacity. The investment enables Tunga to solidify its African operations, allowing the launch of growth plans in Europe.

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African Software Developers: Best Countries for Sourcing in 2021

This research article describes in detail which countries are most suitable for sourcing African software developers and why.

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23 Resources to Closely Follow the African Tech Sector in 2018

This blog aims to give an overview of resources that give insight into the African tech sector.

Confessions  by Reinier van Scherpenzeel

Tunga COO Reinier shares some – perhaps unexpected – insights on remote work, scrum and IT staffing.

Lessons I’ve learned of working with remote software developers from Africa

One year ago, I moved to Uganda. It has been the year in which I have learned the most. Let me try here to share the lessons of working with remote software developers from Africa.

Press release: Dutch tech talent company Tunga opens second office in Africa: Lagos, Nigeria

Booming Nigerian tech scene seeks alliance with global companies

About immutable traffic in Lagos and the massive effect

There are some things you think you know, but come to find out you didn’t really know until you’ve experienced them. One of these thing to me was the insane traffic jams of African cities.

‘From grocery shop to tech career’

His mom owns and manages a grocery shop in Kampala, but the Ugandan Amos Walugembe had his heart set on a career in tech. Then, in 2017 Tunga crossed his path.

‘What would we do if we were Ajax?’

At Tunga, we try to make things simple when faced with obstacles, by asking one simple question: what would we do if we were the best football club in the world?

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African Software Developers: Best Countries for Sourcing in 2021

This research article describes in detail which countries are most suitable for sourcing African software developers and why.

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Confessions  by Reinier van Scherpenzeel

Tunga COO Reinier shares some – perhaps unexpected – insights on remote work, scrum and IT staffing.

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Lessons I’ve learned of working with remote software developers from Africa

One year ago, I moved to Uganda. It has been the year in which I have learned the most. Let me try here to share the lessons of working with remote software developers from Africa.

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About immutable traffic in Lagos and the massive effect

There are some things you think you know, but come to find out you didn’t really know until you’ve experienced them. One of these thing to me was the insane traffic jams of African cities.

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‘From grocery shop to tech career’

His mom owns and manages a grocery shop in Kampala, but the Ugandan Amos Walugembe had his heart set on a career in tech. Then, in 2017 Tunga crossed his path.

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‘What would we do if we were Ajax?’

At Tunga, we try to make things simple when faced with obstacles, by asking one simple question: what would we do if we were the best football club in the world?

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Cultural relativism is the death of your company…

Dealing with different cultures is ingrained in the way Tunga works. Here are three things that we have found to work over the years.

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Well-designed user research is a big success!

How can you get the assurance that you are looking for, but maintain the flexibility needed for software development to actually work?

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“A match made in heaven!”

Tunga has been working on the development of the Niluk app since the beginning of this year. Niluk is a mobile app to combat loneliness. Elena Köstler, the founder of Niluk, explains.

Press Releases

Press release: Tunga launches new e-learning platform for software developers in Africa

Determined to make a meaningful contribution to Africa and to create more opportunities for African developers, Tunga has now launched an e-learning platform.

Press Releases

Press release: Tunga receives DGGF funding and launches international growth plans

Tunga has received a Dutch Good Growth Fund loan to build capacity. The investment enables Tunga to solidify its African operations, allowing the launch of growth plans in Europe.

Press Releases

Press release: Dutch tech talent company Tunga opens second office in Africa: Lagos, Nigeria

Booming Nigerian tech scene seeks alliance with global companies

Press Releases

Press release: African tech-talent the solution for IT-professional scarcity

Tunga published a report about outsourcing of IT-jobs to Africa. In this report, the countries that are most suitable for finding software developers are discussed.

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African Software Developers: Best Countries for Sourcing in 2021

This research article describes in detail which countries are most suitable for sourcing African software developers and why.

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Our story went viral! How the Dutch discovered Tunga.

This is the list of online articles about Tunga that appeared in the Dutch media in January and February 2019. And of course we are very proud. Have fun reading!

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Tunga has started a women-only software development course in Uganda

Around 20% of software engineers in Silicon Valley are women. In Africa this percentage is as low as 2%. Tunga is running a female-only coding classes to increase the share of female coders.

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Reinier van Scherpenzeel new operations director at Tunga

Since january 2019 this year Reinier van Scherpenzeel (32) is based in Kampala as our new Operations Director.

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Renowned newspaper Het Parool interviews Ernesto Spruyt and David Semakula

ICT as Fair Trade 2.0: personnel shortage solved with help from Africa. The Dutch newspaper Het Parool recently opened a great article about Tunga with that heading.

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Women in tech course at Tunga

We are proud to announce that together with Kampabits we are providing an advanced coding course to 15 girls. Our goal is to promote diversity within Tunga and in the tech ecosystem.

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“We have an extraordinary story, but we also deliver a good product”

Tunga founder Ernesto Spruyt talks to the leading Dutch radio station BNR on why he focuses on the African continent.

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“Our developers don’t want aid, they want to be productive”

BNR Radio invited Tunga CEO Ernesto Spruyt to discuss what role European companies can play in addressing youth unemployment in Africa.

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6 quotes about Africa as an untapped source of software developers

Tunga CEO Ernesto Spruyt was on the African Tech Roundup podcast to talk about how Tunga is helping to unlock Africa’s tech talent potential. Here are six of the most outstanding quotes.

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African Software Developers: Best Countries for Sourcing in 2021

This research article describes in detail which countries are most suitable for sourcing African software developers and why.

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Quality time in Nigeria

In this video, Ernesto & Bart travel to Lagos, Nigeria to spend quality time with the existing Tunga software developers community there, and to host a meetup for aspiring developers.

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Why Tunga is important according to David

David, CTO at Tunga, explains that the local market in Uganda doesn’t offer modern technology and doesn’t apply to the skills of African developers.

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Company Culture at Tunga

In this vlog Ernesto explains how he creates a strong culture in Tunga where people can be independent, are in a position of strength and where there is room for fun.

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Tunga in Egypt

In this vlog, Bart talks about the great dynamics that arise when bringing developers, with different backgrounds, together.

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“I like doing the hard stuff” ~ interview with Tunga CTO David Semakula

In the latest episode of our video series (4m) Ernesto visits Kampala to meet an investor. And David explains what it is like to be CTO of Tunga.

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“Many challenges but also many opportunities in IT sector of East Africa”

Tunga has started a series of short vlogs to illustrate our adventures in Europe and Africa. In this edition: our recap of the East Africa Business Dialogue hosted by the Dutch government.

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How Gaspedaal Used African Software Developers To Build Their New App

Struggling to find good software developers in their home market, leading Dutch car search engine Gaspedaal turned to African developers to build their new iOS and Android apps.