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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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.

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?

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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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.

“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.

How we manage 300 remote software developers at Tunga

“When you’re working with more than 300 developers across Africa, you spent a lot of time onboarding remote developers on different projects and for different clients.”

“I’ve always thought that face to face was the best way to solve things. Guess I was wrong.”

Our Operations Director Reinier van Scherpenzeel moved to Kampala, Uganda, in January to coordinate our projects. Read about his experiences, ambitions and his love for Africa.

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!

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.

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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How we manage 300 remote software developers at Tunga

“When you’re working with more than 300 developers across Africa, you spent a lot of time onboarding remote developers on different projects and for different clients.”

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“I’ve always thought that face to face was the best way to solve things. Guess I was wrong.”

Our Operations Director Reinier van Scherpenzeel moved to Kampala, Uganda, in January to coordinate our projects. Read about his experiences, ambitions and his love for Africa.

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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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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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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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“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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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.

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Tunga joins the new Design Hub in Kampala

DHK will open officially on March 1st 2017 and will become a major hub for design-related companies. Its goal is to create economic value with the many creative skills available in East-Africa.

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