Italy has drastically reduced its aid levels in the past decade. Aid cuts might have negative effects not only on the recipient but also on the donor side: aid is granted in order to upgrade the donor international position, and reductions in aid might have an impact also on the donor international standing. The paper attempts to verify whether reductions in aid levels operated by Italy in the last decade have hampered the country international standing, measured as a proxy of the number of Italian officials in international organizations. The paper finds a correlation between reductions in aid levels and reduction in the Italian presence in international organizations. The cost of a reduction in aid is calculated in terms of a reduction in Italian officials in international organizations.