The journey to unleash Africa's tech talent
On this page you can read the story behind Tunga's mission to create jobs for African tech talent. Where do we come from and where do we aim to go...
Our dream is to create equal opportunities for all youths.
This story is about untapping the potential of African tech talent. Being able to take control of and choose your own destiny is a universal value. And it probably is disproportionately so among software developers and startup entrepreneurs like ourselves. Therefore, Tunga was founded by not-for-profit design studio Butterfly Works and long-time social entrepreneur Ernesto Spruyt. Together with his colleague Bart Leijssenaar (CGO) and Michiel Huisman (Board Advisor), Ernesto is not only a tech person, but he also has a background in hospitality management.
In Africa, youths don’t have the same opportunities
But the reality is that in many parts of the world, the opportunity you have to determine your own destiny is limited by circumstances. By factors outside of your own control. In our search for software developers, we ended up on the African continent.
During our visits, through the WeAreBits School Network, we met many young African techies that are as brilliant and skilled as their counterparts from other parts of the world. But who have limited access to interesting, worthwhile and well-paying work.
Our mission: 21st century jobs for African youths
As a result, in 2015 we embarked on a mission to create 21st century jobs for African youths. With the support of institutions like Dioraphte, Oxfam, the DOEN Foundation, Edukans and Triodos Bank we started Tunga. To help talented African youths get access to the cool tech jobs that define this generation. So that they can become independent and make their mark in the international economic marketplace.
We connect African software developers to international teams and projects
Software Outsourcing done right
It aims to provide higher-income employment and access to new income opportunities to workers that otherwise might not be employed in that particular sector. For instance, people in rural areas or in slums, people without access to education or educated individuals in areas of high unemployment.
Our human-centered approach cuts both ways
Our way of working allows us to do software outsourcing better than traditional players in the market. Users of outsourcing services are generally complaining about 2 things: quality and communication. Tunga works with highly motivated and loyal developers who are eager to learn and understand that meeting client expectations in terms of quality and communication is key.
Moreover, our platform is set-up to help the developers be successful by matching only verified skills. We do this, by using best practice templates in project planning and specifying requirements. And by requiring them to report daily on progress and quality so that any hiccup can be dealt with early on. Consequently, they build experience and client relations. As a result, the African developers on our platform eventually can take charge of their own careers and ultimately their lives. And that’s exactly what we aim for.
Partly because of the infrastructure, availability of developers and the English language. But also because we can make a huge impact there.
According to the World Bank Uganda has one of the highest youth unemployment rates. Moreover, with 78% of the population being under 30 this is a huge challenge.
Reinier van Scherpenzeel
Head of Operations
Head of Talent Sourcing
Head of Customer Development
Head of Products
Head of Dedicated Teams