The European debt crisis has led to cuts in government development aid to poor countries, says a new report by the aid watchdog Data.
It is the first significant reduction in Europe-wide aid budgets for a decade.
The biggest percentage cuts in the year 2010/11 were made by two of the states worst affected by the debt crisis - Spain and Greece.
But overall European development aid was also down by 1.5%.
The report says the new figures “reveal that those bearing the brunt of Europe’s economic crisis include some of the world’s poorest people”.
“As austerity bites across Europe, we can now see the impact it is having on life-saving aid programmes,” it adds.