A transnationalisation of politics is another important aspect of globalisation besides the internationalisation of the state. The amount of political activity transcending the national societies or cutting across various societies is growing. Hundreds of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operate in the control of drug traffic, education, rural development, and protection of children, for example, and co-operate with the national states as well as inter-governmental organisations such as the UN. The organisations set up supranational networks which become ever more connected in the form of a global civil society. While only several hundred such transnational organisations existed in the early 20th century whose mutual connections were not always very firm, they amount to over 5,000 nowadays, forming a relatively strongly interconnected supranational structure.