Richard Duncombe

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This paper examines whether the Internet can be used to improve peasant artisan incomes by connecting producers directly with global markets. The paper surveys previous research which suggests that Business to Business artisan portals within most Developing Economies have failed to deliver expected benefits. This paper identifies some of the significant(More)
The Development Informatics working paper series discusses the broad issues surrounding information, knowledge, information systems, and information and communication technologies in the process of socioeconomic development Abstract Research concerning mobile phones and financial services in developing countries has undergone rapid growth in recent years.(More)
(E)-5-(2-Bromovinyl)-2'-deoxy-4'-thiouridine (S-BVDU) is a potent antiherpesvirus agent and its use in gene therapy as an anticancer agent has recently been described. We here outline 2 efficient methods for the synthesis of S-BVDU. The decision as to which method is to be used depends upon the starting materials available but starting from BVU, an overall(More)
This paper argues that access to public e-services encourages citizen engagement in the e-government policy making processes and the further empowerment of citizens through participation in the democratic processes of developing/transitional countries like Tajikistan. It presents e-citizenship, with e-participation as its driving force, as a phenomenon(More)
The antiviral activity of several nucleoside analogues is often limited by their rapid degradation by pyrimidine nucleoside phosphorylases. In an attempt to avoid this degradation, several modified nucleosides have been synthesized. A series of 4'-thio-2'-deoxyuridines exhibits an anti-[herpes simplex virus (HSV)] activity significantly higher (20-600(More)
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