Isandla Institute has produced various books to set the agenda in various fields of development policy:
- Consolidating Developmental Local Government: Lessons from the South African Experience, edited by Mirjam van Donk, Mark Swilling, Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse (UCT Press, 2008). Available from UCT Press or Kalahari.net
- Voices of Transition: The Politics and Practices of Social Change in South Africa, edited by Edgar Pieterse and Frank Meintjies (Heinemann Publishers, 2004). Available from Google Books
- Housing Policy and Practice in Post-Apartheid South Africa, edited by Firoz Khan and Petal Thring (Heinemann Publishers, 2003). Available from Google Books
- Democratising Local Government - The South African Experiment, edited by Susan Parnell, Edgar Pieterse, Mark Swilling and Dominique Wooldridge (UCT Press, 2002). Available from UCT Press or Kalahari.net
Isandla Institute also contributed to Under Construction: Race and Identity in South Africa Today, edited by Natasha Distiller and Melissa Steyn (Heinemann Publishers, 2004).