Africa is the world’s fastest-growing continent for software developers
8 November 2019
As tech ecosystems and hubs continue to sprout across Africa, an accompanying effect has been an upswell in local software engineering talent.
It’s proven enough for even global tech giants to notice: Microsoft is investing over $100 million to open its first development centers on the continent and employ 100 full-time African developers this year and grow its developer pool to 500 by 2023.
And the developer boom is showing no signs of slowing down. In GitHub’s latest annual State of the Octoverse report, developers from Africa created 40% more open source repositories on the software engineering marketplace over the past year—a higher growth percentage than any other continent globally. Among African countries with established developer communities (defined by GitHub as having more than 10,000 contributors to the platform), Morocco accounted for the most growth on the continent.